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Reigning Cats and Dogs: A History of Pets at…

Reigning Cats and Dogs: A History of Pets at Court Since the Renaissance

by Katharine MacDonogh

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Historian Katharine MacDonogh offers a richly detailed historical account of court pets from the Renaissance to the present, addressing such themes as the attraction of animals among royalty, favored breeds, special treatment and abuses received by pets, animal treatment outside the palace, and the origin of various species.… (more)



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A fun look at the pets attached to various royal courts since the Renaissance. Mostly cats and dogs are listed, although there is a chapter on (human) dwarfs. Would have been interesting to have included pets such as parrots and other birds, and horses (but then I suppose the title would not have been as punny). ( )
  MsMixte | Nov 25, 2012 |
Interesting look at the, mostly dogs, along with cats and other pets of various Monarchs. It has a little on the political side of some breeds of Dogs and the effect of the Inquisition on the cat population.

A bit superficial tho, I occasionally wanted more. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jan 24, 2006 |
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The taste for unnecessary pets began at court. During the Renaissance they reflected the desire for conspicuous display and were items of prestige, adding lustre to a princely house.
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