12 December 2007

Lugones' "The Miracle of Saint Wilfred"

This is an interesting story which I'm finding difficult to describe without giving too much away. It struck me as a strange blend of Christian parable and horror story set during the Crusades. (That would make it Christian horror historical fiction?) The set-up is interesting as Lugones describes the landscape largely in terms of the historical and mythological (biblical and heathen) events associated with it. The climax seems pretty much straight out of a typical horror story of the murdered individual coming back to avenge his/her death in a rather gruesome fashion. Yet the horror seems to be framed within the tradition of saints, martyrs, relics, and reliquaries, so it's unclear whether it's really meant to play as horror. Either way, it makes for a rather curious combination.

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