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Medieval Pets

By: Kathleen F Walker-Meikle(Author)

187 pages, 8 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; b/w photos, b/w illustrations

Boydell & Brewer

Hardback | Oct 2012 | #197997 | ISBN-13: 9781843837589
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NHBS Price: £24.99 $32/€28 approx

About this book

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. Medieval Pets takes a completely different angle, showing that they were also beloved domestic companions to their human owners. It offers a full survey of pets and pet-keeping: how they were acquired, kept, fed, exercised, and displayeda; it looks at the problems pets could cause, and finally, how they were mourned. 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 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


1  The Medieval Pet
2  Getting a pet
3  Pet welfare
4  Living with pets
5  Pets in iconography
6  Pets in literature

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Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle is a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the University of York, working on animals and medieval medicine.

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