Henry Wriothesley and His Cat Trixie

Not all of the cat’s adventures during the Early Modern Period are marked by cruelty.  Interspersed between tales of horrible abuses, stories and poems of gratitude to the cat have survived.  Quite similar to several earlier stories of men imprisoned in the Tower of London, who were saved from starvation by beneficent cats, it was […]

DOMESTIC CAT HISTORY IN THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD

BACKGROUND The Early Modern Period (1500-1700), was an era marked by global exploration, the rebirth of classical thought and religious reformation. Christopher Columbus’ ships were the first to sail across the world in 1492, probably carrying cats to kill mice and rats, much as the ancient Phoenician vessels did centuries before on their first voyages around the Mediterranean.  And […]