Category Hugh Candidus

The Danes have gone – welcome to the Angles and the Saxons

Three men combined to drive the re-foundation of monastic life in England – King Edgar, St Dunstan & St Aethelwold. In the early 10th century Glastonbury was a popular place for Christian pilgrimage & also of Christian learning. The young Dunstan was educated there & then joined his uncle Athelm, Archbishop of Canterbury, at the royal court […]

Peterborough’s first monastery

The first monastic settlement in Peterborough was originally known as ‘Medeshamstede, a name derived from the meadows which lie on each side of the River Nen – ‘the home in the meadows.’ Described as ‘a great stretch of swampy land’ it was a perfect place for the community there to ‘wage a relentless war with […]