The Cat Book: Cats of Historical Distinction

By Kathleen Walker-Meikle   |   Published On: Aug 18, 2015
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A beautifully illustrated history of our relationship with feline companions, The Cat Book: Cats of Historical Distinction follows the impact of felines from the sacred animals of Ancient Egypt to famous pets of the mid-twentieth century. Additional features include the story of Gertrude of Nivelles—the patron saint of cats, as well as the pampered pets of Samuel Johnson and Anna Pavlova. You’ll learn about the early modern associations between cats and outcast women such as witches and prostitutes, their veneration as gods in Egyptian mythology, their ancient rivalry with dogs, and their prominence in folklore across the ages.

Regal, sometimes aloof yet frequently affectionate, and of course utterly adorable, the cat has been part of our lives for millennia. This artfully illustrated book is the perfect gift for the cat lover—a guide to the role of cats in history and the people who have loved them.

About the Author

Kathleen Walker-Meikle is the author of Medieval Cats and Medieval Dogs for the British Library, as well as, The Dog Book: Dogs of Historical Distinction and The Horse Book: Horses of Historical Distinction. She is a research fellow at the University of York in England with a special interest in pets.

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    5.9 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
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    9.6 ounces
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    Aug 18, 2015
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    very cool and interesting

    By maggie on Feb 12, 2019

    this book has all kinds of facts and little stories about cats. every other page is a picture. it's surprising how many old pictures tucked cats in here and there.

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