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c.909-988. Archbishop of Canterbury from 959. After serving at King Aethelstane's court, he became a monk and then abbot (c.943) at Glastonbury, which he made famous for asceticism and learning. In 959 King Edgar of Mercia and Northumbria became king of all England, and appointed Dunstan to Canterbury. Together the two carried out a complete reform of church and state, continued under Edward the Martyr who succeeded to the throne on Edgar's death in 975. When Edward was murdered three years later, Dunstan's star waned. A versatile man, he is remembered for having revived monastic life in England and for making it an influence in the country's affairs. One of his illuminated manuscripts is in the British Museum.