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Bladud & the Swine
Bath, Somerset


When Bladud, son of Lud Hudibras, King of Britain, was stricken with leprosy, such was the horror in which the fell disease was held that the young Prince was banished from the Court. Disguised as a poor peasant, he earned his keep as a swineheard, but soon the pigs became infected with the disease. Deep was Bladud's dismay, until one day he came across a sow, which had been lost for a week, wallowing in a hot spring. To his astonishment the animal was cured! Bladud immediately plunged into the health-giving waters. It was not long before, restored to health, he returned to the Court. Later, he founded at the hot springs a town which has since become the city of Bath.

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