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A Very Marginal Blue Cat. Luttrell Psalter) pic.twitter.com/K8C4LlPzUM

A Very Marginal Blue Cat. Luttrell Psalter) pic.twitter.com/K8C4LlPzUM

"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."

the king of the cats Antonius von Pforr, Buch der Beispiele, Swabia ca. 1475-1482 Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 84, fol. 227v

the king of the cats Antonius von Pforr, Buch der Beispiele, Swabia ca. 1475-1482 Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 84, fol. 227v

16th-century manual shows 'rocket cat' weaponry. photo is an illustration from a manual by 16th century artillery master Franz Helm at the University of Pennsylvania library in Philadelphia. The manual on artillery and siege warfare depicts a cat and dove strapped with bombs to “set fire to a castle or city which you can’t get at otherwise.” (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) ** There is no evidence that this method was ever used **

16th-century manual shows 'rocket cat' weaponry

16th-century manual shows 'rocket cat' weaponry. photo is an illustration from a manual by 16th century artillery master Franz Helm at the University of Pennsylvania library in Philadelphia. The manual on artillery and siege warfare depicts a cat and dove strapped with bombs to “set fire to a castle or city which you can’t get at otherwise.” (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) ** There is no evidence that this method was ever used **

King Solomon’s cat  Hans Vintler, Die pluemen der tugent, Vienna 1450.     Wien, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, cod. s. n. 12819, fol. 130r

King Solomon’s cat Hans Vintler, Die pluemen der tugent, Vienna 1450. Wien, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, cod. s. n. 12819, fol. 130r

Grinning cat, Conrad of Megenberg, ‘Buch der Natur’, Germany 1434 (Strasbourg, BNU, Ms.2.264, f. 85r

Grinning cat, Conrad of Megenberg, ‘Buch der Natur’, Germany 1434 (Strasbourg, BNU, Ms.2.264, f. 85r

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