Saint Dunstan

Archbishop of Canterbury

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.

Dunstan shoeing the Devil's hoof, as illustrated by George Cruikshank
Archbishop of Canterbury
Baltonsborough, Somerset, England
DiedMay 19, 988 (aged c. 80)
Canterbury, England
Venerated inEastern Orthodox Church[1]
Roman Catholic Church
Anglican Communion
Major shrineCanterbury Cathedral (but also claimed by Glastonbury Abbey), both now destroyed
FeastMay 19
Attributesgold cup; pincers; man holding a pair of smith's tongs; with a dove hovering near him; with a troop of angels before him
Patronagearmourers; blacksmiths; blind people; Charlottetown, Canada; gold workers; goldsmiths; jewellers; lighthouse keepers; locksmiths; musicians; silver workers; silversmiths; swordsmiths


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

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