Of Wolves and Mercenaries

Dr. Steven Isaac has just published an article in the summer edition of the Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale 59:2 in France.  The article, “Le Loup et le Mercenaire: une métaphore d’exclusion au XIIe siècle,” looks at how medieval chroniclers, because they did not have the actual term “mercenary” (in its modern sense) available to them, turned to other descriptions, especially that of the ravenous wolf, to describe the twelfth century’s hired warriors.  Among the evidence treated is the earliest mention we have of the story of Little Red Riding Hood.  Plus some werewolves.  And supposed armies of wolves who attacked in military formations.

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  1. Congratulations my friend!

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