Medieval Pets - An Online Talk by Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle

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Join us for an engaging online presentation of medieval pet keeping which also examines their representation in art and literature


Join Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle in this whirlwind tour of the wild and wonderful of medieval pets. We’ll examine popular medieval pets including dogs, cats, squirrels, monkeys, parrots and caged birds, along slightly more unusual pets, including badgers and marmots.

This talk will cover an entire range of topics, from expensive animal accessories (blankets for cats, collars for dogs, and leashes for squirrels!), saints and animals, feeding your pet, the stereotypical fat pet, criticisms against the practice of pet keeping, pets in monasteries and nunneries, medieval royal pets, names of pets, poetry and romance literature featuring pets, among many other topics.

Packed with magnificent illustrations drawn from medieval illuminated manuscripts, this talk promises to be both informative and very entertaining, a must for every pet-owner!

Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle (PhD History, UCL) is a specialist in the history of animals and medicine in the medieval and early modern period, She is the author of several books, including ‘Medieval Pets’ (Boydell & Brewer, 2021 paperback), ‘Cats in Medieval Manuscripts’ (British Library Publications, 2019), ‘Dogs in Medieval Manuscripts’ (British Library Publications, 2020), ‘The Cat Book: Cats of Historical Distinction (Bloomsbury, 2015), ‘The Dog Book: Dogs of Historical Distinction’ (Bloomsbury, 2014), ‘The Horse Book: Horses of Historical Distinction’ (Bloomsbury, 2017).