Event: Assembly, Church/monastery/minster foundation/dedication/restorationÆthelwold 1.consecration of Old Minster
||Æthelwold 1 laid out, constructed, enriched, and then consecrated the Old Minster in the presence of Æthelred 32. Several bishops followed the king: Dunstan 1, Æthelwold 1, Ælfstan 39, Æthelgar 8, Ælfstan 38, Æscwig 3, Ælfheah 36, Æthelsige 13 and Æthulf 3. There were many other bishops as well, and nobles and ealdormen as well as the great majority of the English royal thegns (Anonymi 1599).
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*In the edition (p. 377) Lapidge states that the reconstructed Old Minster was first dedicated on 20 October 980. All the people listed as participants are said by Wulfstan to have celebrated the dedication, praised the Lord and to have rejoiced in the sumptuous delights provided by Æthelwold 1. Wulfstan states that never had so great and lavish a church-dedication taken place in all of England.
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(the Unready; king of the English, 978-1016)
(Archbishop of Canterbury, 959-988)
(Saint; Abbot of Abingdon, c.954-963; Bishop of Winchester, 963-84) : Æthelwold 1 had gathered all these men from the meeting of the witan that had taken place at the royal estate of Andover.
(Bishop of Rochester, 946x964-995)
(Abbot of New Minster, Winchester from 964, elected bishop of Selsey in 980 and archbishop of Canterbury from 988 to 990)
(Abbot of Old Minster, Winchester; bishop of Ramsbury, ?973-981)
(Bishop of Dorchester-on-Thames, 975x979-1002)
(Bishop of Lichfield, 973x975-1002x1004)
(I, bishop of Sherborne, 978-990x992)
(Bishop of Hereford, fl. ?x971?1013x?)
(Bishops, nobles, ealdorman and royal thegns who attended the consecration of the Old Minster in 980)
(Wine-stewards participating in the first consecration of the Old Minster, Winchester) : They delved into the cellars and urged the revellers to begin drinking.
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