The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries

The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries

by Mimi Matthews


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526705006
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Sales rank: 720,902
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Mimi Matthews researches and writes on all aspects of nineteenth century history. Her articles have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at Bust Magazine, New York. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney with both a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She resides in California with her family – which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction viii

Part I Dogs 1

Chapter 1 The Pug Who Bit Napoleon 3

Chapter 2 The Devoted Great Dane of Alexander Pope 12

Chapter 3 The Spaniel Willed to Horace Walpole 22

Chapter 4 Lord Byron's Firmest Friend 29

Chapter 5 Prince Albert's Favourite Greyhound 36

Chapter 6 Emily Brontë and Her Dog Keeper 42

Chapter 7 Looty the Pekingese and the Destruction of the Summer Palace 48

Chapter 8 The Bloodhounds Hired to Hunt Jack the Ripper 54

Chapter 9 Dogs and Other Animals that Grieve 61

Part II Cats 67

Chapter 10 Samuel Johnson's Favourite Cat 69

Chapter 11 The Cat Show at the Crystal Palace 74

Chapter 12 The Case of the Victorian Cat Ladies 82

Chapter 13 Cat Funerals in the Victorian Era 90

Part III Horses and Farm Animals 95

Chapter 14 Whistlejacket and Eighteenth Century Equine Artist George Stubbs 97

Chapter 15 An 1828 Balloon Ascent … On a Pony! 102

Chapter 16 The Case of the Purloined Pet Donkey 108

Chapter 17 The West End Rambles of London's Piccadilly Goat 114

Part IV Birds 119

Chapter 18 The Parrot, The Monkey, and the Two Rival Lovers of Madame de Choiseul 121

Chapter 19 The Widower Swan of the Château de Malmaison 124

Chapter 20 The Ravens Who Inspired Charles Dickens 129

Chapter 21 A Regimental Chicken 135

Part V Rabbits and Rodents 139

Chapter 22 Robert Burns and the Mouse at Mossgiel Farm 141

Chapter 23 The Portable Pet Rabbit 145

Part VI Reptiles and Fish 149

Chapter 24 The Sailor and the Shark 151

Chapter 25 The Alligator in the Thames 155

Part VII Strange and Exotic Pets 161

Chapter 26 The Duke of Richmond's Pet Fox and Viscount Doneraile's Vixen 163

Chapter 27 A Victorian Flea Circus 167

Sources 172

Notes 175

Index 178

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