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Webster, Wentworth (1828-1907)

Wentworth Webster (1828-1907) is an English priest and folklorist. In 1869, he was sent to the French Basque Country as a chaplain. He then began, with Julien Vinson, to collect Basque folk tales, which he published in 1877 under the title Basque Legends, a book translated into French, Basque and Spanish. He was also interested in the Basque language, archaeology, Protestant churches in France, the development of Catholicism and the history of the Pyrenees. He was linked to many scholars of his time and his erudition led him to visit prestigious Englishmen staying in the Basque Country, including the King of England, Edward VII.

Keywords: Folklore | Archaeology | Linguistics | Basque Country | United Kingdom | Folk tales