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History, romance...and cats. Grace · 1Y ago

Pets of the Poor in Victorian London

On the theme of pet-keeping in Victorian times, let’s take a look at the pets of the poor....
History, romance...and cats. Grace · 1Y ago

How to Read the Future…Victorian Style

Do you sometimes wonder what the future holds? My family has recently expanded with the ad...
History, romance...and cats. Grace · 1Y ago

Cat-amarans, Ships, and Cats

Did you know: “Catamaran” is derived from the Italian ‘gatta marina’, and is a vessel that...
History, romance...and cats. Grace · 1Y ago

Paganism and the Status of the Cat: From Hero to Zero.

The cat was much persecuted in the later Middle Ages because of her link to witchcraft. But in the early Middle Ages she was revered and had a value equivalent to an adult goat. So how did cat PR deteriorate so dramatically? Well, it’s all to do with...
History, romance...and cats. Grace · 1Y ago

Why are Dogs 'He' and Cats 'She'?

Why is it that dogs are referred to as “he”, whilst cats are “she”?  One explanation, perhaps the most obvious, is the graceful elegance of cats gives them a feminine air. Whilst this is true, it’s only part of the picture and the actual explanation ...
History, romance...and cats. Grace · 1Y ago

Cardinal Wolsey, Cat Lover

It hasn’t always been safe to like cats. In 1484 Pope Innocent VIII issued a papal bull (a law issued by the Vatican) that made it legal to burn those implicated in witch craft, by virtue of...
History, romance...and cats. Grace · 1Y ago

How Cats made Good Pets in Medieval Times

Apologies for a two-week absence of posts. This was due to the arrival of Poggle the Puggle puppy! This week a short post about the character of cats and how they made good illicit pets (at least in medieval times!)  New addition- Poggle!In the Middl...
History, romance...and cats. Grace · 1Y ago

A History of Pet-Keeping: The Fascination with Bestiaries

What is a bestiary? A bestiary is a book about beasts (a sort of early natural history vol...
History, romance...and cats. Grace · 1Y ago

A History of Pet-Keeping: When Animals had Free-Will

Did you know the Pied Piper of Hamelin was a rat-charmer? The Pied Piper of Hamelin-charmi...
History, romance...and cats. Grace · 1Y ago

Cat-egorizing Cats 19th Century Style

How do you organize cats?Last week in How the Victorians went Wild for Cat Shows we looked at the popular 19thcentury pastime of visiting dog or cat shows. However, the organizers of cat sho...