The Greyhound Saint

Le saint lévrier: Guinefort, guérisseur d'enfants depuis le XIIIe siècle

by Jean-Claude Schmitt
The cult of St. Guinefort, who specialized in dispatching sickly children, astonished the inquisitor who happened upon it in the Dombes, a region north of Lyons, around the year 1250. When he asked about this saint he had never heard of before, he learned to his further dismay that Guinefort …