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Adam Bushnell

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The Secrets of St Cuthbert

‘The Secret’s of Saint Cuthbert’ is a fictional account of the last days of Saint Cuthbert’s life.

The story begins with Cuthbert about to die. But the animals, which Cuthbert so loved throughout his life, do not wish this to happen. They each take turns telling Cuthbert a story in order to keep him alive.

There are many tales about Cuthbert communicating with animals and I have selected the animals best associated with the saint’s life. The stories can be best categorised as ‘wisdom stories’, that is, stories that have a lesson attached to them.

They are parables.

The stories originate from around the world and are traditional tales from many cultures and religions, thus representing the great wisdom of the world.

Listen to Princess Rat.