St. Germain crowns a swineherd as king of Britain

Pocket Bard’s notes: This one ranks pretty high on the WTF meter. The raising of a dead calf is actually the least interesting thing in the story, and when you’ve got a situation like that, you know you’ve got an odd situation on your hands. Between accosting the king and then, somehow, deposing him just by St. Germain’s say-so and replacing him with the swineherd who offered him hospitality… I honestly don’t know what to say. I don’t know if I’d ever be able to perform this, because it’s just too wonky. By the way, I have no idea who the swineherd/progenitor king is supposed to be. St. Germain’s wikipedia page doesn’t mention anything, and I haven’t had time to do any further research. Anyone have an answer for me?

St. Germain crowns a swineherd as king of Britain
The Golden Legend, Volume II, trans. William Granger Ryan, p.29

On one occasion while he was preaching in Britain, the king of Britain refused to give shelter to him and his companions. One of the king’s swineherds, after feeding his charges and receiving his wage at the palace, was on the way home and saw Germain and his fellows in sorry straits due to hunger and the cold. He kindly took them to his cottage and had his one and only calf killed for their supper. When the meal was finished, the bishop [St. Germain] had all the calf’s bones laid upon the hide, and as he prayed over them, the calf stood up whole and entire. The next day Germain accosted the king and asked him bluntly why he had refused him hospitality. The king, overcome with astonishment, could think of nothing to say in response. Germain said: “Begone then, and leave this kingdom to a better man!” Then, by God’s command, he had the swineherd and his wife summoned and, to the amazement of all, proclaimed him king. Hence the monarchs who have ruled the British people since then are descendants of that swineherd.


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