Reigning Cats and Dogs

Reigning Cats and Dogs

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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. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
For monarchs and their consorts, cats, dogs, and the occasional parrot have acted as constant companions, unquestioning allies, surrogate children and silent repositories of whispered confidences. For their isolated children, cats and dogs were often the only source of emotional comfort and warmth. From Empress Josephine's collection of pugs (who had their own personal maid in spite of Napoleon's distaste for them) to Elizabeth II's dynasty of corgis, the history of these pampered pets offers us a fascinating and often hilarious peek into the exalted world of their owners.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999
ISBN: 9780312228378
Branch Call Number: 636.0887 MAC
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill., (some col.) ; 20 cm


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