Effigy of St Hervé, with St Milau in the background, in the parish church at Guimiliau.
|Roman Catholic Church|
|Attributes||Blind abbot telling frogs to be quiet or being led by a wolf or his child guide|
|Patronage||The blind; bards; musicians; invoked against eye problems, eye disease; invoked to cure sick horses|
Saint Hervé (c. 521 – 556), also known as Harvey, Herveus, Houarniaule or Huva, was a Breton saint of the sixth century. Along with Saint Ives, he is one of the most popular Breton saints. His birthplace is stated as being Guimiliau (Gwimilio) (and sometimes as Wales), and his legend states that he was the son of a renowned bard named Hyvarnion, a former member of the court of Childebert I. The name of Hervé's mother was Rivanone.
According to a legend, this wolf had devoured the ox or donkey Hervé used in plowing. Hervé then preached a sermon that was so eloquent that the wolf penitentially begged to be allowed to serve in the ox's stead. Hervé's wolf pulled the plow from that day on.
Saint Hervé is venerated throughout Brittany and his feast day is June 17.