Recently, I was putting together a storytelling performance of medieval tales and remembered a tale that I had heard on a walking tour in Wales about a medieval saint called Cadoc and a mouse. With that in mind, I started my research and found additional references to Cadoc in “The Lives of the Saints” Sabine Baring-Gould. It’s not the quickest book in the world to read but it contains a plethora of interesting tales and snippets of information that, with a little research, turn into living stories of lives lived long ago. At this point, I have to say that I seldom tell religious stories but this is such a delightful tale – in contrast to some of the violent stories that surround many of the saints – that I have fallen in love with it and decided that it was a lost tale worth sharing.

There are some facts that I’ve tried to weave into the story, but whether a mouse did indeed lead Saint Cadoc to a hidden store of grain and feed a town is perhaps a matter of faith. I own the obstacles of the thorn bush, river and bog to the rather wonderful Michael Harvey, from his book Celtic Folktales from Wales 1 (Celtic Tales). I have, of course, embellished the story somewhat, to keep it interesting.

The sources behind the story:

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Ziyadliwa is a traditional storyteller from South Africa, and the host of The Keeper of Lost Tales podcast. She travels the globe telling wise, wonderful and witty tales to audiences of all ages.

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