25th May 2018 @ 7.30 pm Malmesbury Town Hall.
Tickets £5 Available from Malmesbury TIC
Bishop Daniel of Daniel’s Well: Aldhelm’s Amazing Disciple – A Talk by Tony McAleavy
Come and hear Tony tell the little-known but astonishing story of one of the most important people in the history of Malmesbury. Everybody in Malmesbury knows about a beautiful riverside area known as Daniel’s Well. Few people know the amazing true story of Daniel, a monk from Malmesbury who achieved national and international fame during his life long ago in the 8th century. He was one of the leading followers of Aldhelm during the first Golden Age of Malmesbury Abbey around about the year 700. Daniel was well-known for his powerful intellect and good judgement. In 705 he was appointed to the important post of Bishop of Winchester. As bishop he became one of the chief advisers to the powerful kings of Wessex. He was interested in the history of Wessex and provided the Venerable Bede with vital information about regional history which Bede included in his famous history of the English people. In Winchester Daniel became the mentor to Saint Boniface and encouraged him to set off on his extraordinary mission to convert the people of Germany to Christianity. Daniel visited Rome for discussions with the Pope in 721. After four decades in Winchester Daniel retired to Malmesbury, his spiritual home, where he died in about 745.