Medieval Pets (Hardcover)

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Medieval Pets (Hardcover)


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An engaging and informative survey of medieval pet keeping which also examines their representation in art and literature.

Animals in the middle ages have often been discussed - but usually only as a source of food, as beasts of burden, or as aids for hunters. This book takes a completely different angle, showing that they were also beloved domesticcompanions to their human owners, whether they were dogs, cats, monkeys, squirrels, and parrots. It offers a full survey of pets and pet-keeping: from how they were acquired, kept, fed, exercised, and displayed, to the problems they could cause. It also examines the representation of pets and their owners in art and literature; the many charming illustrations offer further evidence for the bonds between humans and their pets, then as now. A wide range of sources, including chronicles, letters, sermons and poems, are used in what is both an authoritative and entertaining account.

Dr KATHLEEN WALKER-MEIKLE gained her PhD at University College London.
Product Details ISBN: 9781843837589
ISBN-10: 1843837587
Publisher: Boydell Press
Publication Date: October 18th, 2012
Pages: 200
Language: English