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GUEST,Reynardine Origin: Child Owlet / Chylde Owlet (28) RE: Origin: Child Owlet / Chylde Owlet 18 Aug 18

Then Buchan could easily have copped this theme straight from Phèdre, but why he would attribute this gruesome deed to the actual Erskines, I don't know.

In the Chanson de Roland, the traitor, Ganelon, is tied in that exact fashion to four stallions (as almost all warhorses were, at the time), who were set loose in a field of mares. Even normally well-behaved horses can become chaotic under such circumstances. Again, I wonder if Mr.Buchan was a fancier of French literature.

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