HISTORY OF THE CAT IN THE MIDDLE AGES (PART 13, THE CAT IN STRANGE INVENTIONS)

The Cat in Medieval Inventions: Not only were cats inspirations for paintings, but they also became the models for strange tortuous inventions.  In 1549, a cat organ was made in honor of Philip II of Brussels.  A large bear played the organ that contained up to twenty cats perched in separate compartments.  The parts of […]

HISTORY OF THE CAT IN THE MIDDLE AGES (PART 7)

Representations of the Cat in Middle Ages Manuscripts, the Moralia of Job and other books.     Other miscellaneous religious books such as the Moralia in Job, written in the latter half of the 12th century, also include portrayals of the cat.  In an initial letter a spotted cat claws a mouse and holds one in its […]

THE HISTORY OF THE CAT IN THE MIDDLE AGES (PART 5)

Cats in Psalters and Bestiaries: Cats were present in psalters and bestiaries, which were second in popularity only to the bible.  These books as well as books of hours and even books of poetry, were widely read by the nobility and those well to do enough to purchase them.  They contained many illustrations of cats, […]

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