The horseshoe, symbol of protection

According to tradition, Dunstan, a blacksmith by profession but who would become Archbishop of Canterbury in the year 959, was known for his skill in forging and his devotion to the Christian faith, which is how his workshop became a symbol of integrity. and virtue.

The legend takes an unexpected turn when the Devil visits Dunstan in the form of a cunning man. The Devil, in disguise, requests a horseshoe for his helmet. However, the blacksmith, who had a keen intuition, immediately recognized Satan in his client, and explained to him that, to carry out his task, it was necessary to chain the man to the wall.

He deliberately made his work painful; instead of creating a common horseshoe, he forged a special horseshoe from a sharpened shaft and, with an act of faith and bravery, stuck it into the Devil's paw.

Dunstan refused to let go until the devil solemnly swore never to enter a house where there was a horseshoe hanging over the door.

The Devil, howling in pain and humiliation, vowed never to bother Dunstan again and fled his workshop, never daring to cross his path again. This feat became a heroic act and a victory of good over evil.

The horseshoe, throughout history, has been considered a symbol of protection and good luck. It is hung on the doors of houses to prevent the entry of evil spirits and attract fortune.