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Dunstan shoeing the Devil's hoof, as illustrated by George Cruikshank
Archbishop of Canterbury
Born909, Baltonsborough, Somerset, England
DiedMay 19, 988, Canterbury, England
Venerated in Eastern Orthodox Church[1]
Roman Catholic Church
Anglican Communion
Canonized 1029
Major shrine Canterbury Cathedral (but also claimed by Glastonbury Abbey), both now destroyed
Feast May 19
Attributes gold cup; pincers; man holding a pair of smith's tongs; with a dove hovering near him; with a troop of angels before him
Patronage armourers; blacksmiths; blind people; Charlottetown, Canada; gold workers; goldsmiths; jewellers; lighthouse keepers; locksmiths; musicians; silver workers; silversmiths; swordsmiths

Dunstan (909–May 19, 988) was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 960 to 988. He was canonized (made a saint) in 1029. He became famous for the many stories told about his dealing with the Devil.


  1. Ὁ Ἅγιος Δουνστάνος Ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Καντουαρίας. 19 Μαΐου. ΜΕΓΑΣ ΣΥΝΑΞΑΡΙΣΤΗΣ. (in Greek)

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