"Michy" wrote:Ok, so I have a question for someone -- probably Lady Moppet -- that is going way back to the early part of this thread (I decided to take a look at this thread and started at the beginning, not realizing it was from a year or so ago!!!). Anyway, I saw a couple of mentions of a "teddy" -- I'm assuming that's of the stuffed variety? As in Teddy Bear? And that King John's mistress had one?
I have always been under the illusion that "Teddy Bears" were named after the illustrious American President Theodore Roosevelt -- affectionately known as "Teddy" and also an illustrious big game hunter. However, if the answers to my above questions are "yes", then that begs the question --- who were "Teddy Bears" REALLY named for? Because obviously, Teddy Roosevelt wasn't even a twinkle in anyone's eye back in the 13th century.
It's Queen Isabella who has a teddy bear. It's not clear how or where she got it because, as you say, there weren't teddy bears in the 13th century. It may be a Little Princess product as they were already exporting their products to the Middle Ages when Isabella married John. But no other instance of a pre-20th century teddy bear is known.
Hope you're enjoying the catch-up, Michy.