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Even Medieval Cats Got In the Way

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Even Medieval Cats Got In the Way

Post by Rowan » Wed March 13th, 2013, 3:56 pm

This one is for cat lovers. :)
While pawing through a stack of medieval manuscripts from Dubrovnik, Croatia, University of Sarajevo doctoral student Emir O. Filipović stumbled upon a familiar set of splotches marring the centuries-old pages. Years ago, a mischievous kitty had left her ink-covered prints on the book. Filipović explains the finding:

My story line follows a simple path: I was doing some research in the Dubrovnik State Archives for my PhD, I came across some pages which were stained with cat paw prints, I took a few photos of this (as I do whenever I notice something interesting or unusual on any old book I’m reading), and carried on with my work not paying too much attention to something which at that time could essentially be only a distraction.

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Post by Mythica » Wed March 13th, 2013, 9:17 pm

Hehe, what is it about paws prints that are so cute?!

Got Medieval often has cat images from medieval manuscripts:

http://www.gotmedieval.com/2008/04/a-me ... olcat.html
http://www.gotmedieval.com/2009/02/if-y ... nalia.html
http://www.gotmedieval.com/2011/07/reve ... tties.html

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Post by princess garnet » Wed March 13th, 2013, 10:36 pm

I remember seeing blog posts about illustrations of cats and dogs from the medieval period not long ago. I think it was from a British library--can't remember the name.

I've been to Dubrovnik--it's beautiful!

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