Dunstan by Conn Iggulden


The year is 937. England is a nation divided, ruled by minor kings and Viking lords. Each vies for land and power. The Wessex king Æthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, readies himself to throw a spear into the north. As would-be kings line up to claim the throne, one man stands in their way. Dunstan, a fatherless child raised by monks on the moors of Glastonbury Tor, has learned that real power comes not from God, but from discovering one's ...

Details Dunstan

Release DateMay 4th, 2017
PublisherMichael Joseph
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, European Literature, British Literature, Literature, 10th Century

Reviews Dunstan

  • Louise Wilson
    Set in the days of Anglo-Saxon England in the year 937. England is a nation that's divided. It's ruled by minor Kings and Viking Lords.Conn Igguiden was an English teacher before he started writing full-time. He has a talent in writing history that makes you feel you are living through the parts he is writing about. This is a beautifully written history book.I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin UK - Michael Joseph and the author Conn Igguiden...
  • Margaret
    It seems to be my week for reading books about unlikeable characters."Dunstan" by Conn Iggulden is a stand alone novel in the autobiographical novel category. The Dunstan in question is Saint Dunstan, builder of both Glastonbury Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral and spiritual advisor to several early English/Wessex kings.Iggulden interprets some events from the life of Dunstan in very interesting ways! His Dunstan is far from a saint - being a bully...
  • Kate
    Superb.A review:
  • Stephen
    thanks to the publishers and netgalley for free copy in return for and open honest review.enjoyed this historical fiction novel about an important person in the early days of the creation of England and how the author makes you believe that you are there in Saxon England amongst the monks at Glastonbury or the Royal court at Winchester. As we follow the trials and life of Dunstan as well of those of the emerging nation of England and battles with...
  • Robin Carter
    ReviewSo far from Conn Iggulden we have had Caesar, Genghis, Margaret of Anjou and the other major players in the War of the Roses…. So whom would he pick next, which shining light of history would he dazzle us with?Dunstan? who the heck is Dunstan?Full Review: Click link
  • BluePhoenix5
    This book was beautifully written. It grabbed me from the first. Recommended for all those who love historical fiction!
  • Daphne Sharpe
    Before I read this book,I knew three things about Dunstan. Firstly, he was involved in raising monies and designing Glastonbury Cathedral . The second and third things came from my father who was a blacksmith and farrier, namely that Dunstan was the patron saint of blacksmiths and Dunstan caught the Devil by the nose with a pair of red hot pincers, and having seen this last item straight from the forge, could almost sympathise with the unlucky De...
  • Yvonne
    *I would like to thank Netgalley for my ARC for my honest and unbiased opinion*Set in AD 937, when England is not a unified country. It is ruled by minor kings and is under attack. It is a period of unrest, war, power struggles and rebellions. I was aware of variuos names of the period but not much other detail.The author states that there are sections that he has filled in to make it work as a piece of historical fiction. Effectively using artis...
  • Dee Arr
    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley.“I have always forgiven my enemies, but only when they have been punished.” These are the thoughts of Dunstan, Abbot of Canterbury. A biting wit colors his world, and though the book makes readers wish to cheer for good to happen to him, we also see the stain of darkness that colors his soul. When one dabbles in the political world of the 10th century, it seems it is i...
  • Nicholas Parsons
    Iggulten has found a great character who gives us an intriguing insight into an offten overlooked period of history. The character and the period appeared to be well researched. It's hard to identify what makes this period intriguing. In many ways, it's primitive, brutal, and confined to one miserable little island in the backwaters of Europe. But it is fascinating to see how order emerged from the vacuum the Romans left behind in this little isl...
  • Lynne
    Heard about this through the excellent History Hit podcast and have really enjoyed it. Not an era of particular familiarity, apart from Michael Wood's 'In Search of the Dark Ages' (still have my signed copy complete with Anglo-Saxon salutation), but Iggulden spins a rich tale featuring the complex and fascinating character of Dunstan. Although a cleric, first a monk, bishop and later archbishop, Dunstan is also a wily politician much in the mode ...
  • Christina McLain
    This was an excellent retelling of the life of St. Dunstan who was both Archbishop of Canterbury and Abbott of Glastonbury and who served under seven Anglo-Saxon kings in the century before the Norman invasion of England. Like many people I always think of the period between the end of Roman Britain and 1066 as the Dark Ages, when, in truth, it was a vibrant period for the burgeoning nation. Several English cities prospered with trade with the Co...
  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    ‘What is a first line, but a door flung open by an unseen hand?’England in 937 CE is a divided nation. Several minor kings and Viking lords rule, each looking to expand his own power and territory. Æthelstan, the king of Wessex and grandson of Alfred the Great, is looking to the north. Can one man unite the country?And Dunstan, a fatherless child raised by monks, will play a part.‘I was just an empty sheet, waiting to be bitten deep.’Who...
  • Kennethkiffer
    I started out reading the first few chapters not particularly liking Dunstan very much. By the end of the book, though, I wanted to read more about him. I guess he's an anti-hero, not too dissimilar from Wilbur Smith's Taita but a lot more malicious, selfish and self absorbed; he somehow became someone we could root for despite not being particularly heroic. I guess that's the beauty of this book: he's definitely not an angel, but he triumphs thr...
  • Wayne
    A great read. This is one of those books you can't put down...but you don't want to finish. An entertaining story told by a fantastic author.
  • Simon O'connor
    I enjoyed this book immensely and found it difficult to put down. The protagonist is certainly not as clean cut a character as you would find in many other novels and many times I found myself morally at odds with him, which was a refreshing change from the run of the mill "good guy".Dunstan as a historical figure was not one i was overly familiar with and would often find myself looking into him, and the other characters, online to find out more...
  • Deborah
    Having been born in Plymouth where there was an abbey to Saint Dunstan I have long wondered why he was revered as a saint. I have also had the modern historical writers recommended to me, especially Conn Iggulden, as being interesting authors I would probably enjoy reading. To find the two in one volume was a definite pleasure for me to discover.I did enjoy the novel and would be pleased to read more by the author and on this topic in the future....
  • Rosie
    I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. SummaryDunstan is a historical novel which demonstrates Conn Iggulden’s mastery of words. It takes a saint and makes him human and weaves an intriguing tale from the threads of history. PlotThis novel follows Dunstan from childhood all the way to being an old man who had seen seven kings on the throne in his lifetime. As records from the time period are spar...
  • Lino's Version
    It may not be ‘spellbinding’ but it is both entertaining and illuminating in bringing another chapter of our ‘storia’ to the fore. All true? Well why would it be? It is a version of the truth and in this case another brilliantly researched and told Conn Iggulden version.Notes:Aethelstan, Edmund, EadredEdwy and EdgarEdward and EthelredThree brothersTwo sonsTwo grandsonsPage 7: Vengeance is a fine thing, but forgiveness can be just as cruel...
  • Alnaaze Nathoo
    When you pick up a book, there are times when you find yourself getting completely lost in it. Not because the writing is particularly artful (although that is a bonus), but because it’s just a bloody good story. You get lost in the telling and you are invested in the characters, and as such, you just can’t put it down.This is how I feel about Conn Iggulden’s latest book, Dunstan. Dunstan, the novel’s main character, was the Abbott of Gla...
  • Viviane Crystal
    Dunstan, a fatherless child, is raised by monks on Glastonbury Tor. Intrigued by the mechanics of building towers, cathedrals and palaces, he quickly decides that knowing how to accomplish great deeds and pleasing those in power are just as important as one’s faith in God and devotional practices. So, he quickly rises in the Church and becomes the acquaintance and friend of many Kings and Princes.It is the year 937 and the Wessex King Aethelsta...
  • Kim Greenhalgh
    Nothing satisfies quite like well researched historical fiction, based on real men and events, from the distant past. I'm from America, so I know next to nothing about Dunstan, but feel I know him intimately after reading this amazing book by Conn Iggulden. Dunstan, a man from rather humble beginnings, grows to make his mark on religion and influences events during the reigns of more than a few English kings circa 937AD. His life takes him down a...
  • Kaja
    One man will change the fate of England.It took me six days to read the book, or so Goodreads claims but it was not because I did not have time (I could have found more, even though it's exam season) but it was because of a simple reason - I did not want to read the book too quickly to enjoy it properly. It was nice to think that I had the book with me when I went to uni, or after I was finished with studying for the day. Yet when I picked it up ...
  • Megan Jones
    The year is 937. Dunstan, a fatherless child, raised by monks has learned that power comes not from God but from establishing himself in the world. Ruthless and determined to succeed Dunstan sets out on his ambitious plan. If you cannot be a king then you can always anoint one. Under Dunstan's hand, England may come together or it may break at the seams. The only positive I have about 'Dunstan' is I finished it. And it was really hard work to do...
  • Jo-anne Atkinson
    Born into a time of conflict, Dunstan and his brother Wulfric are sent to the abbey at Glastonbury for their schooling. Bullied and beaten Dunstan loves learning but tries to protect his brother. After an incident in which Dunstan appeared to have a vision he is taken under the care of a wealthy noblewoman but in taking his revenge on the boy responsible for horrific injuries to his brother, Dunstan gains the enmity of the entire abbey. Escaping,...
  • Laura Newsholme
    This is a really interesting period of history and Conn Iggulden brings it to life very well. The book tells the story of Dunstan, a Machiavellian creature 500 years before Machiavelli was even born.We follow him from his early life in Glastonbury, through the rule of 7 different kings. Dunstan is not a particularly likeable character. He is incredibly clever and often speaks cruelly to those who he deems are less intelligent - which is pretty mu...
  • Kerry Hennigan
    Conn Iggulden’s stand-alone novel “Dunstan” covers a period in the history of Saxon Britain that isn’t often under the spotlight. But in choosing the real life Dunstan and writing a fictional first-person narrative for him, Iggulden has brought the period to life.Dunstan as portrayed by the author is both saint and sinner. His quest to improve his lot and make his mark in the Church, requires not only piety but a certain amount of ruthles...
  • Breakaway Reviewers
    Very simple story about the life of St DunstanOne of the popular English canonised archbishops, Dunstan, changed the course of the English history, dating from the reigns of Edward the Elder, son of Alfred the Great, to Edward the Martyr.Dunstan was a sort of kingmaker in the turbulent periods from Glastonbury to Winchester in the kingdom of Wessex, which was merged with other kingdoms to form a new nation of England. Dunstan was believed to have...
  • Bethany
    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.What can I say about Dunstan? I've been a fan of Conn Iggulden since reading his Emperor series about 8 or 9 years ago, and his Conqueror series and War of the Roses series more recently. I absolutely adore his ability to mesh historical fact with fiction. Iggulden has a fantastic writing style which makes it easy to devour his books quickly. Dunstan is a brilliant boo...
  • Hannah
    I felt like Dunstan promised more than he delivered. I think the main problem with his point of view was that he was not that good at depicting the relationships he had with people. Perhaps this was deliberate to depict him as being a heartlessly arrogant man who misjudged his own importance but throwaway comments about still remembering Edmund and them being mates didn't really stand up to the scenes with him. It was almost like this was suppose...