Saint Dunstan Archbishop of Canterbury, Saint Dunstan of Canterbury.
Date of Birth:
c. 910 or earlier
Date of Death:
He was deeply involved in secular politics in England and was a close adviser to several kings during his lifetime.
The service that Saint Dunstan performed at the crowning of King Edgar at Bath was the originator of the format that is used in today’s British coronation ceremonies.
Dunstan (909 – 19 May 988) was an Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey, a Bishop of Worcester, a Bishop of London, and an Archbishop of Canterbury, later canonised as a saint. His work restored monastic life in England and reformed the English Church. His 11th-century biographer, Osbern, himself an artist and scribe, states that Dunstan was skilled in "making a picture and forming letters", as were other clergy of his age who reached senior rank.
Dunstan served as an important minister of state to several English kings. He was the most popular saint in England for nearly two centuries, having gained fame for the many stories of his greatness, not least among which were those concerning his famed cunning in defeating the Devil.