The Pug Who Bit Napoleon

The Pug Who Bit Napoleon
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Publisher : Grub Street Publishers
Total Pages : 231
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ISBN-10 : 9781526705020
ISBN-13 : 1526705028
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Book Synopsis The Pug Who Bit Napoleon by : Mimi Matthews

Download or read book The Pug Who Bit Napoleon written by Mimi Matthews and published by Grub Street Publishers. This book was released on 2017-11-30 with total page 231 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From Victorian cat funerals to a Regency-era pony who took a ride in a hot air balloon, a collection of history’s quirkiest—and most poignant—animal tales. Meet Fortune, the Pug who bit Napoleon on his wedding night, and Looty, the Pekingese sleeve dog who was presented to Queen Victoria after the 1860 sacking of the Summer Palace in Peking. The four-legged friends of Lord Byron, Emily Brontë, and Prince Albert also make an appearance, as do the treasured pets of Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, and Charles Dickens. Less famous, but no less fascinating, are the animals that were the subject of historical lawsuits, scandals, and public curiosity. There’s Tuppy, the purloined pet donkey; Biddy, the regimental chicken; and Barnaby and Burgho, the bloodhounds hired to hunt Jack the Ripper. Wild animals also get a mention in tales that encompass everything from field mice and foxes to alligators and sharks lurking in the Thames. Using research from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century books, letters, and newspapers, Mimi Matthews brings each animal’s unique history to vivid life. The details are sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, but the stories are never anything less than fascinating reading for animal lovers of all ages.


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