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Aelfric of Abingdon, future Archbishop of Canterbury, started his career as a monk of Abingdon Abbey. It was a time when Anglo-Saxon England was enjoying a period of relative stability and prosperity under the Wessex kings. English monasticism was in a process of reform and revival under Aethelwold, Abbot of Abingdon from 954 to 963 and later Bishop of Winchester (see article on this website), and his contemporaries Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury from 960 to 988 and Oswald, Archbishop of York from 971 to 992.

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