Medieval Pets

October 2012
8 colour, 20 black and white illustrations
200 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC HBLC1, 1D, 2AB, 3H
BISAC HIS037010, PET010000

Medieval Pets

Kathleen Walker-Meikle

Hardback
9781843837589
$34.95
eBook for Handhelds
9781782048817
$24.99
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 domestic companions 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 is a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the University of York, working on animals and medieval medicine.

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Table of Contents

The Medieval Pet
Getting a pet
Pet welfare
Living with pets
Pets in iconography
Pets in literature

Reviews

A delightful read for anyone interested in the history of pet-keeping, human-animal relations in general, and identity construction in later medieval Europe. MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY

A useful addition to a growing body of specialist literature, and in addition, anyone who has ever owned a pet will find it fascinating. REVIEWS IN HISTORY

A novel and comprehensive survey. [...] Not only a milestone in the history of our obsession with pets, but also furthers our understanding of the complexity of human-animal relations in the past. BBC HISTORY
An exceptional survey. MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

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