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Cats in Medieval Manuscripts
Cats in Medieval Manuscripts

Cats in Medieval Manuscripts

British Library Medieval Guides


96 Pages, 6 x 7.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $14.95 (CA $19.95) (US $14.95)

Publication Date: October 2019

ISBN 9780712352932

Rights: US & CA

British Library Publishing (Oct 2019)

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A gorgeous collection of illuminated manuscript pages featuring cats as wily hunters, beloved pets, mythical creatures, and symbolic representations

Cats were illustrated in medieval manuscripts throughout the Middle Ages, often in exquisite detail and frequently accompanied by their natural prey, mice. Medieval cats were viewed as treasured pets, as fearsome mousers, as canny characters in fables, as associates of the Devil, and as magical creatures. Featuring an array of fascinating illustrations from the British Library's rich medieval collection, Cats in Medieval Manuscripts includes anecdotes about cats—both real and imaginary—to provide a fascinating picture of the life of the cat and its relationship with humans during the Medieval period. A great gift for all cat-lovers.

Author Biography

Kathleen Walker-Meikle completed her PhD at University College London on late medieval pet keeping. She is currently a research fellow at King's College London and writes on medieval and early modern animals and medicine.