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Synopsis: For monarchs and their consorts, cats, dogs and the occasional parrot have acted as constant companions, unquestioning allies, surrogate children and silent repositories of whispered confidences. For the isolated children of the monarchs, cats and dogs were often the only source of emotional comfort and warmth. From Empress Josephine's collection of pugs (who had their own personal maid) to the Duchess of Windsor's pug named after Princess Margaret's husband (as a barb for the Queen mum) to Elizabeth II's dynasty of corgis, Katharine MacDonogh's history of these pampered pets offers us a fascinating and often hilarious peek into the exalted world of their owners, exposing their romances, intrigues and follies. Reigning Cats and Dogs is a lavishly illustrated pet'seye view of court life that will delight any history buff, pet lover or royal watcher.
Review: In 1434, Jan van Eyck painted his Arnolfini Marriage and, in so doing, made art history. What van Eyck did, which no previous painter had ever saw fit to do (according to Kenneth Clark), was to include in his masterpiece a little pet dog. Van Eyck has a lot to answer for. By the time you're a few pages into Katharine MacDonogh's book, you'll realize that dogs and cats (and the occasional monkey) must be in virtually every subsequent work of art--especially if that work of art also features a representative of the royal family.
As MacDonogh tells it, these poor, neglected, princely children would find succor away from their dysfunctional families with their beloved pugs, chins, and corgis--and the pets reaped the rewards, getting their own beds, clothes, glittering collars, and bizarre accessories. Why, one is tempted to ask, did Charles II's sister Henrietta-Anne think that her dog needed earrings? MacDonogh has marshaled a staggering array of anecdotes and paintings, and the result is a beautifully rich and generously illustrated body of evidence. It's an all-embracing survey, spanning six centuries and the entire Continent--and, as such, rarely allows for particularly in-depth analysis.
Some will argue that the portraits record generic convention rather than genuine affection for animals; others might cavil that the royals only seem to be more besotted with their pets because they get painted more often than your average dog owner. Jammed in amidst the jollity, there's a disturbing section on how Renaissance royals viewed their "dwarves" and black servants as quasi-animals that cries out for some serious thought. But if you can get past the title--and someone somewhere is very proud of that one--Reigning Cats and Dogs is an intriguing and diverting read for those precious minutes before the dogs need walking again. --Alan Stewart, Amazon.co.uk
Title: Reigning Cats and Dogs: A History of Pets at...
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 1999
Book Condition: Good
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