Bringing history to life through fiction!
The Abbot’s Tale by Conn Iggulden
My thanks to Katie McGuire, Iris Blasi, and the gang at Pegasus Books for my hardcover copy of this book!
Father Dunstan of Glastonbury is a very real historical character. His life and career in the 900’s show his growth from a student in the Abbey at Glastonbury to becoming an advisor to kings and eventually Archbishop of Canterbury.
Dunstan was for a couple centuries the most renowned Saint in the British Isles. Many of the events in this book are like casual snapshots of a star player. Dunstan is legendary, and this book does a lot to show the human side of a man with great dreams and ambition.
To be honest, I had never heard of Dunstan’s life before reading this book. I some tales of Robin Hood the name of Saint Dunstan was uttered often. This book intrigued me because of church history. It takes a look at how much influence the Church had in politics and daily life.
To build his dream abbey, Dunstan needed large sums of money. The abbey was given rule over various lands. The villagers and outlying farms belonged to the church. In the book, there are often disagreements among the nobles when choice land is given to Dunstan and the Abbey. Dunstan was at times very popular and at times so outcast that he had to flee the country.
The childhood growth of Dustan and his attempted destruction by the brothers of the Abbey was a riveting adventure. I didn’t recognize some of the kings from history, but I recognized the final royal in the book, Ethelred (known in history as “the Unready.”)
I believe this book will be beneficial to both history buffs and those who like action in their tales. I give the book five stars! I really learned from this volume.
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