In 957 England to the north of the Thames decided that Edgar, Eadwig's brother, should become their king. Eadwig recalled Dunstan to help in the crisis. (More info needed here).
In 959 Eadwig died and Edgar became king. Under Edgar Dunstan was made Archbishop of Canterbury. In 975 Edgar died and was followed by his son Edward (the Martyr). Edward was only fourteen at that time and Dunstan took control of the king's affairs. But his power was not complete and he had to resort to some strange tactics to retain control. It was reported that on one occasion at a council a crucifix spoke to the assembled room. At another that the floor gave way and the only section remaining was that where Dunstan and his followers were sitting. Dunstan's fall from power came on the death of Edward in 978 when Ethelred became king and Dunstan foretold that his reign would be a disaster. Dunstan dedicated the rest of his life, until his death in 988, to cultivating the arts and literature.
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|943||18yrs||Dunstan and Glastonbury|
|Dunstan moved to Glastonbury where he placed the monastery under the rule of the Benedictine Order and became the abbot there.|
|956||31yrs||Dunstan sent into exile|
|Eadwig sent Dunstan into exile. The reason for this is that Dunstan had caught Eadwig and Aelgifu together before they were married and at a time when Eadwig should have been attending an important meeting. Dunstan must have upset Eadwig at this point and was sent into exile.|
|959||Oct 1||34yrs||Edgar becomes King of England|
|At the death of Eadwig, Edgar became King of England. He appointed Dunstan Archbishop of Canterbury.|
|960||35yrs||Dunstan becomes Archbishop of Canterbury|
|Dunstan became Archbishop of Canterbury.|
|964||39yrs||Benedictines at Winchester|
|At the bidding of St. Dunstan Benedictine monks moved from the Abbey of Abingdon to Winchester. Work began on a new Saxon church on the site.|
|972||47yrs||Consecration of Peterborough Abbey|
|Dunstan, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Oswald, the Archbishop of York, consecrated the abbey at Peterborough in the presence of King Edgar.|
|975||Jul||50yrs||Edward becomes king|
|Edward, the eldest son of Edgar, became the king of the English at the age of fourteen when his father died. Dunstan became his guardian.|
|The collapse of a building at Calne caused the deaths and injuries of many of the senior witan of England who were on the first floor. Archbishop Dunstan survived as he remained standing on a beam.|
|983||58yrs||Monastery at Worcester|
|Oswald founded a Benedictine monastery at Worcester dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin. Oswald became bishop of Worcester upon the recommendation of Dunstan.|
|988||63yrs||Athelgar becomes Archbishop of Canterbury|
|Athelgar became the Archbishop of Canterbury after the death of Dunstan.|