HISTORY OF THE CAT IN THE MIDDLE AGES (PART 4)

The Cat in Church Architecture: Despite the grim background of the Black Death, art managed to flourish in ornate church architecture.  In addition to Reading Abbey and Tarragon Cathedral, built in the 12th century, various other churches built from the 13th through 16th centuries contain evidence of the cat in either their architecture or in […]

HISTORY OF THE CAT IN THE MIDDLE AGES (PART 3)

Jews‘ Association with Cats: Often depicted with the heretical symbol of the cat in the Bible Moralisée, the church considered Jews heretics.  In one illustration two clerics devoted to the church read a book and pray, while two bearded men (Jews) shun the church. One of whom holds out a money bag to a seated […]

HISTORY OF THE CAT IN THE MIDDLE AGES (PART 1)

OVERVIEW HISTORY OF THE CAT Social and religious strife plagued The Middle Ages.  The world  suffered through 9 crusades from 1096 to 1272.  Muslims, Jews and non-believers alike would be the victims of the wrath of the Christian church in its goal to secure its pervasive control over all. “The powerful Christian authority structures of […]

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