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The Era of AEthelstan is one of contradictions. His behavior, his policies, his wars… pretty much everything that is happening during this period seems to have an element of duality. This man was discussed by scholars of his time in terms of his piety and his generosity both with the church and also with his subjects. And there is plenty of real evidence that AEthelstan was a kind king and role model to those around him, and that he took his role as a ruler seriously and with care.

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  1. When discussing Breton refugees, it may be be worth reading uo on the importation of Breton liturgical mss and musical notation at this time. This importation coincides with codicological changes: the cultivation of Anglo-Caroline miniscule and development of square Anglo-Saxon miniscule can be linked to an imitation of the Carolingians, as you mentioned.

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