Statues - Hither & Thither

Great Britain
Bury St. Edmunds
Suffolk

East of England

Southgate Roundabout

Wolf and Crown

Ben Loughrill
2013

Bury St. Edmunds /  Wolf and Crown   Bury St. Edmunds /  Wolf and Crown

Description

Wood carving depicting the wolf, that, according to legend, looked after the head of King Edmund after he was killed in 869 - instead of the head, his crown is depicted.

Annotation

The wolf is a central figure of the legend surrounding the death of King Edmund, who ruled East Anglia from AD 855 to 869 and was made a saint for refusing to renounce his Christian faith during the Danish invasion.
The story goes that after being killed with arrows and decapitated in Suffolk, the king's body was found but his head was missing. Supporters heard the wolf call them and they found him guarding the king's head, which was then reunited with his body.

Bury St. Edmunds - Wolf and Crown

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Tags

Location N 52°14'10" E 0°43'31"

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