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Medieval Cats

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Susan Herbert leads us into the magical world of brightly colored illuminations, the romances of medieval chivalry, the sparkling books of Hours and other devotional volumes. There are courtly scenes of pageantry, of beautifully costumed creatures in a wonderful land of medieval castles and churches, splendid banquets and colorful jousting ceremonies. All based on authenti...more
Hardcover, 62 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Little Brown and Company (first published March 27th 1995)
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Mar 06, 2014 Diana rated it 5 of 5 stars
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If you have looked at medieval illuminated manuscripts, this book is great. The paintings are real medieval illuminations from books such as various Books of Hours held at a variety of libraries and museums, but with the people replaced by cats.

I was a little slow figuring the book out - I had purchased it at a Friends of the Library booksale and for $2 it was cute. Then as I took a couple of classes on illuminated manuscripts, I realized that some of the pictures looked familiar. I started sear...more
I'm not quite sure what I was expecting with this book, but it wasn't this. Perhaps I was hoping for a little more humor. Or, if not humor, a stronger art element.

Imagine the classic "Dogs Playing Poster" image. Not put cats into the picture. Now, make it medieval-themed. That's this book.

At first glance, it's cute. For those of us who are cat people, there's a certain amount of "Ahh," element. But as we look a little more we realize that the art only suggests a medieval style (with cats inserte...more
I can appreciate the artistic talent required in (re)producing these images but the mostly religious theme of them didn't really appeal to me. Yes, I realize that much of European art for that period was religious based. It just didn't really appeal to me. I did however, like the simple black and white line drawings on the opposite pages, facing each piece.
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