The Devil’s Bridge

What is it with the Devil and bridges? Across Europe, many bridges bear tales of having been built by the Devil or with his help, usually in exchange for the first soul to cross them. The legends then commonly relate a double-cross: an animal is lured over the bridge to spare from damnation, it is hoped, the next approaching human.

In southernmost France, close to the eastern stretch of the Spanish border, the people of the cherry-growing town of Céret called upon the Devil to build them a bridge over the River Tech, then sent a cat across first to fool him. (In some versions, it’s an engineer who enlists the Devil’s help). But the townspeople feared the consequences of the deception, and shunned their new bridge. Continue reading “The Devil’s Bridge”