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The papacy, inquisition and Saint Guinefort the Holy Greyhound

Rist, R. (2019) The papacy, inquisition and Saint Guinefort the Holy Greyhound. Reinardus. Yearbook of the International Reynard Society, 30 (1). pp. 190-211. ISSN 0925-4757

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1075/rein.00020.ris

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Just before 1261 the Dominican inquisitor Stephen of Bourbon visited an area of south-eastern France known as the Dombes, in the diocese of Lyons and there found that women were venerating a certain St Guinefort as a healer of children. The Church's censure was not just a ban on a non-orthodox cult, or a theological statement that animals could not be saints, or a crackdown on magical and heretical practices - although it was all these things. It was also the condemnation of a healing cult that had got badly out of hand. The legend of St Guinefort the Holy Greyhound reveals the medieval Church engaged in a familiar struggle: to balance popular piety with orthodox teaching.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS)
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > History
ID Code:81816
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing Company

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