Book of Saints – Dunstan


DUNSTAN (Saint) Bishop (May 19) (10th century) Saint Dunstan, one of the most famous Saints of Anglo-Saxon England, was born about A.D. 925, and was educated at Glastonbury Abbey, whither, after spending some time at the court of King Athelstan, he returned to become a monk. In his monastery he lived in great fervour, dividing his time between prayer, study and manual labour. Under King Edmund, he was appointed Abbot; but, having rebuked the unworthy King Edwy for his shameless life, was afterwards forced into a year’s exile in Flanders. Of Edgar the Peaceful he was a favourite and a chief adviser, and during his reign was made successively Bishop of Worcester (A.D. 957) and Archbishop of Canterbury (A.D. 961). Moreover, Pope John XII appointed Dunstan his Legate in England. The Saint never faltered in the execution of his duty, and did not spare even his Royal Patron, guilty at least on one occasion of flagrant immorality. By his “Canons ” Saint Dunstan did much to restore Ecclesiastical discipline in England, where his influence worked immense good. He expired calmly, May 19, A.D. 988, and was buried at Canterbury.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Dunstan”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 November 2012. Web. 22 March 2019. <>