Saint

St. Hervé

Coon suggests that images in Breton churches depicting St. Hervé may also show his guide dog. St. Hervé, born (blind) in Brittany in the 6th century, has a long tradition of popularity there--is the subject of Breton ballads, and therefore of great interest to specialists in Celtic literature; he is patron saint of travelling musicians and story tellers, and may be referred to for eye trouble. Ultimately, St. Hervé (Harvey; Hervaeus; Huvanus) founded a famous monastery in Wales and was its abbot. He is usually depicted with a wolf, who (the story goes), once upon a time in Hervé's youth, while the saint was plowing with an ass, the wolf having eaten the ass, jumped into the harness and finished the job. Not to deny miracles; the miracle of a guide dog may be sufficient. We're now in hot pursuit of images of St. Hervé and his four-legged companion in case any of these depict a medieval Barbet. Go back to Guide...