Today is St Dunstan’s Day.
Born in Somerset, England, in the early 10th century Dunstan studied at Glastonbury Abbey, becoming Abbot there in 945, He later became Archbishop of Canterbury. He became the patron saint of Goldsmiths; his emblem is a pair of metalworker’s tongs.
This is how Chambers Book of Days in 1864 describe him:
St Dunstan was one of those men who stamp their own character on the age they live in. He was, in every way, a remarkable man. And, like most remarkable men, he has been unduly extolled on one hand, and vilified on the other.
Monkish writers have embellished his life with a multitude of ridiculous, or worse than ridiculous, miracles; and their opponents have represented him as ambitious, bigoted, and utterly unscrupulous as to means, so that he only gained his end.