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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