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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

An Exemplary Wildman

From one of the many sources on Facebook comes this intriguing picture of a father Woodwose (Wood Man or Wildman) defending his child against an armed and armoured knight using one of the Wodewose's main weapons-a log. This is probably from the Holy Roman Empire in the 1500s and hence is probably Renaissance rather than strictly medieval. The interesting part of this is that the Wodewose "cub" is covered with thick short reddish hair, which Ivan Sanderson had noted seemed to be a characteristic of the Cental Asian Almas (Or Wildman once again)
The classical source on Wodewoses is Wild Men In The Middle Ages; A Study In Art, Sentiment, And Demonology by

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