Christian mythology

A selection of Christian Martyrs, Hermits & Virgins

St. DUNSTAN

Christian Saint

Magnificent rip-roaring Satan-snicking Archbishop and metalworker

West Saxon Archbishop of Canterbury. A rip-roaring Saint who dared to nip the Devil’s nose.

Educated at Glastonbury Abbey, he was sent to serve King Athelstan but was banished from court for practicing unlawful arts — such as a harp that could play itself.

However when Edmund inherited the throne, our hero was appointed Abbot of Glastonbury, and chose to practice metalwork.

He became immensely popular for his bravery and cunning against the Devil. Once when he saw the Devil peering at him through a window, offering temptations, he famously seized the nose of the fiend in a pair of red-hot pincers until the Devil begged for mercy.

Another time he was persuaded to repair a shoe of the Devil’s horse, but instead hammered the nail into the Devil’s own hoof. This gave the Devil so much anguish that even to this day he avoids houses with horseshoes attached to the front door.

Kings came and went but Dunstan ruled the holy side of things. He scourged King Edred for the good of his soul and dragged King Edwy to a banquet where he had not bothered to put in an appearance, being otherwise engaged with a woman.

Edwy went for revenge, accusing our Saint of squandering money. To which he received the reply ‘Only God can tell me what to do with church money’. So Edwy banished him for impertinence instead.

But our hero went to Flanders where he started a whispering campaign favoring the King’s brother Edgar for ruler. Then mighty voices were heard, and a statue of Jesus was seen to endorse this opinion.

Edwy eased the situation by dying and Edgar came to the throne. Our craftsman Saint celebrated by designing a four-cornered crown for him. Back in favor, he was given the reward of Canterbury.

He is now Patron Saint of Blacksmiths, Silversmiths, Goldsmiths, and all other Smiths.

St. Dunstan Facts and Figures

Name: Dunstan
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: Saint
Birth and Death Dates: 924-988
Celebration or Feast Day: May 19th

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 115

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Article last revised on April 07, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
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