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:
- The Lives of the Saints by Sabine Baring-Gould, 1914 (many references)
- Celtic Folktales from Wales 1 (Celtic Tales) by Michael Harvey (See “Digging for Gold”)
- The Memorial of Two Merry Marrieds, by Catholic Saints Guy, 29 March 2016 (Useful background on King Gwynllyw Farfog of Gwynllwg; Glwadys, daughter of King Brychan of Brycheiniog)
- Wikipedia entry on Cadoc (for general overview) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadoc
- St. Cadog Ddoeth, King of Gwynllwg & Penychen (497-580), by David Nash Ford (for general background)
- Saint Cadoc, World Heritage Encyclopedia, Aricle ID WHEBN0014655654 (for mouse story and general background)
- St. Cadoc, Cadoc, Bishop and Martyr of Llancarvan, Wales (Docus, Cathmael, Cadvael, Codocus), by Celtic Saints (mouse story and background)
- St Cadoc of Caidoc, by Love the Faith (for general background, especially for more information on his trip to Ireland)