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

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

by Jean-Claude Schmidtt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521108802

ISBN-13: 9780521108805

Pub. Date: 06/29/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521108805
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/29/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture Series, #6
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
829,644
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Inquisitor; Part II. The Legend and the Rite; Part III. Saint Guinefort; Part IV. Narrative Time, Historical Time; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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