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Notre Dame and the Wolves of Paris

October 15, 2012

Here are some more photos of the Notre Dame, I posted another one a few days ago. This building is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic Architecture. Interestingly, when reading about the building I happened upon a note in the chronological history stating that in the year 1450 “The Wolves of Paris” were killed on the parvis of the Notre Dame cathedral… I assumed The Wolves of Paris was, perhaps, a gang of thieves or a group of political dissidents. Curious I looked for more information discovering that they were, in fact, wolves.

Here’s a quick overview from Wikipedia:

“The animals entered the city during the winter through breaches in its walls. A wolf named Courtaud, or “Bobtail”, was the leader of the pack. Reports of the animal being reddish in color may be indicative of an Iberian Wolf, perhaps having migrated from the Pyrenees.Eventually, the wolves were killed when Parisians, furious at the deaths, lured Courtaud and his pack into the heart of the city. There the Parisians stoned and speared to death the wolves in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral.”

Indeed, the Paris of 1450 twas a different place then the Paris of 2012.

Click individual photos to enlarge…

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2012 10:08:39 am

    Great pics. Interesting story also.

    • Anthropogen permalink*
      October 16, 2012 10:08:57 pm

      Thank you. Come again soon.

  2. October 18, 2012 10:08:32 pm

    Fear breeds barbaric acts…I personally think that should a pack of wolves arrive on the doorstep of Notre Dame today they would be treated just as barbarically as back then. A sad indictment of how far we have come as human beings…

    • October 19, 2012 10:08:23 am

      Very true, the rise of modern civilization has been driven by a persistent savagery that is showing no signs of going away. That said, if a pack of wolves arrived to the Notre Dame today they’d be able to enjoy a hearty and cosmopolitan meal of tourists before taking the fall.

      • October 19, 2012 10:08:12 pm

        Well fed first worlders feeding old world wolves…theres poetry there! 😉

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