ATG Quirkies: Before There Were Funny Cat Videos There Were Funny Cat Illuminated Manuscripts

at pics and the Internet go together like peanut butter and jelly. You can’t imagine one without the other. But did you know that LOL cats, cat memes, and cats being jerks go as far back as the Middle Ages?

The relationship between humans and cats began as early as the Neolithic Era when the first cats are believed to have been domesticated…”  but, “our sometimes conflicted relationship to cats developed during the Middle Ages. During the Middle Ages cats were seen both as companions and as representations of the Devil.

According to Kern, “medieval cats were like cats are today. Charming jerks who enjoyed getting in the way of our work…”

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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