Victor Hugo's Ursus and Werewolf
connections between King Arthur, Prince Ursus, and King Tafur are
described in my book where I argue that they are probably one and the
same person. King Arthur is well known. Prince Ursus (meaning bear) was
the alleged leader of the Calabrian monks that left for France in
1070AD and subsequently created the Abbey at Orval, the Order of Sion,
and eventually the Knights Templar. King Tafur was an early crusader
leader of a band of vagabonds that had a taste for human flesh. There
is werewolf, wolf and bear connections between all three of these
figures that I mentioned in my book. Further, Arthur is Welsh for bear.
Ursus is Latin for bear. And, Tafur is a likely corruption of Arthur.
As was discussed in my book there were many stories of King Arthur and
his werewolf knights.
Hugo was an alleged Grand Master of the Priory of Sion, an alleged
development of the Order of Sion created originally by the Calabrian
monks led by Prince Ursus. Hugo was of course a famous and often
controversial writer. Les Miserables was one of his most famous works.
During his exile from France in the Channel Islands (because of the
controversy his works caused at home) he wrote an unusual story. It
went by two different names. It was called The Man Who Laughs, or, By
Order of the King. It is a very sad story which features a boy who
saves a much younger girl from freezing outside. They become friends.
The boy has a 'smiling' disfigurement not unlike the recent Batman
movie character The Joker, and the girl is blind. They meet a carnival
vendor who takes pity on them and takes them both into his care. Oddly,
the carnival vendor is called Ursus and he has a pet wolf that is
this just a little, we have Ursus (meaning bear) who is a man, and, Homo
(meaning man) who is a wolf. Is this a deliberate intent from Hugo? To
allude to the werewolf (homo, meaning man, and is actually a wolf) and the
connection to Prince Ursus, leader of the Calabrian monks? This is a
remarkable coincidence perhaps? Bizarrely, the boy child in Ursus' care
turns out to be a part of a noble, aristocratic bloodline. For
readers of my book this may strike you as more than a further
coincidence. I speculated in the book that Prince Ursus must have taken
something very special with him to France in order to garner support
from the Angevin dynasty, the rulers of Francia. Perhaps then Ursus had
guardianship of a child of a very special bloodline and this is what
Victor Hugo was really trying to say?
Victor Hugo's story is a complex one and it will take me some time to
properly digest it before I can determine if there are other analogies
or allegories. So far this wouldn't seem like pure chance.