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

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Oral and Literate Culture

  • Date Published: March 1983
  • availability: Replaced by 9780521108805
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521244343

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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.

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    • Date Published: March 1983
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521244343
    • length: 225 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.495kg
    • availability: Replaced by 9780521108805
  • 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.

  • Author

    Jean-Claude Schmidtt

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