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9780521108805

The Holy Greyhound: Guinefort, Healer of Children since the Thirteenth Century

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521108805

  • ISBN10:

    0521108802

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-29
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

The legend of a dog which is unjustly killed by its master in error, after it has defended his child from attack by a snake or wolf, appears in several popular cultures of Indo-European origin. This book concentrates on one local manifestation of the legend: a cult among the peasants of the Dombes, north of Lyons, who brought their sick child to the grave of 'Saint Guinefort', the martyred greyhound, for preservation from disease. Providing a rare access to the underlying cultural traditions of Europe, all too often submerged in the survivals of literate culture, this book will be welcomed by a wide range of historians and anthropologists.

Table of Contents

The Inquisitor
The Legend and the Rite
Saint Guinefort
Narrative Time, Historical Time
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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