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 […]


SIR HENRY WYATT: As we know from last week’s post, Queen Elizabeth I was not at all fond of cats.  However, in contrast, Elizabeth’s adversaries seemed to like cats.  Sir Henry Wyatt, the Duke of Norfolk, after having been committed to the Tower by Queen Elizabeth I for plotting to take over her throne, was […]

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