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Lindisfarne Gospel Cat in Detail with Cormorant in stomach  Article:  History of the Cat in the Dark Ages (Part 3)

Lindisfarne Gospel Cat in Detail with Cormorant in stomach Article: History of the Cat in the Dark Ages (Part 3)

"This medieval bestiary illustration acknowledges the practice of 'painting' by cats in the Middle Ages. Because cats were regarded as agents of the devil during this period, they are depicted here as evil  alchemists about to transmute the caged bird and sleeping dog, prey and enemy of the cat, into gold."

"This medieval bestiary illustration acknowledges the practice of 'painting' by cats in the Middle Ages. Because cats were regarded as agents of the devil during this period, they are depicted here as evil alchemists about to transmute the caged bird and sleeping dog, prey and enemy of the cat, into gold."

A cat, f. 190r, Luttrell Psalter, Add MS 42130, produced in Lincolnshire, England c. 1320-1340

A cat, f. 190r, Luttrell Psalter, Add MS 42130, produced in Lincolnshire, England c. 1320-1340

From MS. Ashmole 1525: Cat catches rat in initial C(onserua tuos famulos) for Collect at end of Psalm 15(16).

From MS. Ashmole 1525: Cat catches rat in initial C(onserua tuos famulos) for Collect at end of Psalm 15(16).

Medieval cat stalking, 12th century, British library.  Marble Tile by williammorristile.com

Medieval cat stalking, 12th century, British library. Marble Tile by williammorristile.com

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