Raimbaud de Pinetum, Werewolf of Auvergne
In third century France, Raimbaud de Pinetum
was disinherited by Ponce de Chapteuil, a noble. Pinetum, being
a very active, trained military man, did not take well to his
disinheritance. He began to prowl like a wild beast, wandering
forests and byways. One night, smitten by a great dread, he
lost his senses and turned into a wolf.
As a wolf with military training, Pinetum caused great havoc.
He forced many farmers to abandon their homes; he mangled old
people with his fangs; he gobbled up children. At long last
he had one of his paws chopped off by a woodsman. At this amputation,
he regained his human form.
He admitted in public that "he had decided to sacrifice
one leg, because by amputating it he had got rid of his misfortune.
For they say that amputation of a limb frees such men from
their calamitous condition".