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By Kathleen Walker-Meikle

Animals within the heart a while have usually been mentioned - yet frequently simply as a resource of meals, as beasts of burden, or as aids for hunters. This booklet takes a totally varied perspective, exhibiting that they have been additionally loved household partners to their human proprietors, whether or not they have been canine, cats, monkeys, squirrels, and parrots. It bargains an entire survey of pets and pet-keeping: from how they have been obtained, saved, fed, exercised, and displayed, to the issues they can reason. It additionally examines the illustration of pets and their vendors in paintings and literature; the numerous captivating illustrations supply extra proof for the bonds among people and their pets, then as now. quite a lot of assets, together with chronicles, letters, sermons and poems, are utilized in what's either an authoritative and unique account. Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle is a Wellcome belief Fellow on the collage of York, engaged on animals and medieval medication.

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