A blacksmith named Dunstan was approached by the Devil to have his cloven hooves shod. Dunstan agreed, but instead, beat the Devil until he promised never to visit a door where a horseshoe hung. The tradition survives today but more to bring luck than ward off the devil. Dunstan was born in 909 in Baltonsborough, Glastonbury, England. He became Bishop of Worcester in 957 and later Archbishop of Canterbury before his death in 988.

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