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The Holy Greyhound


  • Page extent: 225 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.495 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 398.2/452974442/094444
  • Dewey version: 19
  • LC Classification: GR162.D65 S3413 1983
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Traditional medicine--France--Dombes
    • Gunifort,--Saint,--active 5th century--Legends
    • Dombes (France)--Social life and customs
    • Healing--France--Dombes--Folklore
    • Medicine, Medieval--Folklore

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521244343 | ISBN-10: 052124434X)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published March 1983

Replaced by 9780521108805


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.


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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