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Okay, I need a research librarian.

I'm looking for information on the wolves of Paris, and the Internets know them not. Or not much, anyway.

ETA stillsostrange got at least part of it for me. Swinburne says "Cortaut." La.

For those of you who haven't picked up this apparently more-obscure-than-I-knew historical tidbit, in the winter of 1439, when Paris was a bone of contention between between the followers of the Count of Armagnac and those of the Duke of Burgundy (and everybody was quite tipsy a lot of the time) and the English and the French were arguing over who exactly got to call himself King of France, and two wet years and bad harvests in a row had provoked the worst famine in twenty years, and population was still almost nonexistent in the wake of the Black Death...

...a large pack of wolves took up residence near the City of Paris, and in fact pretty much roamed the streets at will, eating whatever they could catch. Including citizens.

Now, Daniel Mannix wrote a novel about this event (And Cris Williamson wrote a song about it. Both book and song are called "The Wolves of Paris," with rare originality.). Anyway, Mannix calls the alpha wolf Cortaud, and describes him as a wolf-wolfhound hybrid. My question is, did he make up these details? I know that one of the theories about the Beast of Gevaudan was that it was a mastiff-wolf hybrid; he certainly could have borrowed from the other famous French wolf story.

Can anybody with either better Google-fu, a firsthand knowledge of Parisian folklore, or access to a research library confirm that for me?

P.S. Mebd's new trick for getting me up in the morning is to pull my hair.

Anybody want a cat?

Will ship.
Tags: all knowledge is contained in lj, the writer at work

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