Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Paw Prints and Cat Pee

Meow! (image from: library_mistress)


 A very funny article about mischievous cats and medieval manuscripts. Pesky things, walking across the page while the ink is still wet. As a 1420 scribe wrote upon finding that, during the night, his cat had weed on the manuscript he was working on...

'ic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.

Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night. Cursed be the pesty cat that urinated over this book during the night in Deventer and because of it many others [other cats] too. And beware well not to leave open books at night where cats can come.
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 To see the full article:

http://www.openculture.com/2014/01/medieval-cats-behaving-badly.html

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