Shepherd and Servant

The Spiritual Theology of Saint Dunstan


Douglas Dales

ISBN: 978-0-7283-0154-2

LENGTH: 30 pages

Fairacres Publications 135


A man of wide interest and learning, St Dunstan helped lay the foundations of medieval Church and society. Documents and art reveal him to be of significant spiritual stature.

St Dunstan lived in the tenth century, between 909 and 988. He developed the ancient church foundation at Glastonbury into the first Benedictine monastery in England, and later served as Archbishop of Canterbury for twenty-eight years. He was a scholar, artist and musician, as well as a contemplative spiritual father.

Why is his life and work of interest today after one thousand years? His influence touched many areas of English life in a way that helped determine the foundations of medieval and early modern society. He was a very gifted and many-sided person, whose experience bears out the meaning of the words of Christ: ‘I have come that they may have life—life in all its fullness.’

This study attempts to piece together a coherent picture of his spiritual vision from the documents and works of art that remain from his time. Dunstan emerges as one of the most interesting and significant of the English saints.

The Revd Douglas Dales is Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies at Marlborough College, Wiltshire, and is a priest associate of SLG.

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30 pages


Douglas Dales



Book Size

140 x 210 mm


The Spiritual Theology of Saint Dunstan


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Author Bio

Douglas Dales, born in 1952 and ordained in 1978, is Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies at Marlborough College, Wiltshire, and a Priest Associate of the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God.

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