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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
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