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The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries Paperback – April 2, 2018
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Mimi Matthews researches and writes on all aspects of nineteenth century history. Her articles have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at Bust Magazine, New York. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney with both a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She resides in California with her family which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats.
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I received a free ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
The book has a chapter/story format with different animals separated into different categories. There are categories for dogs and cats of course, but also for farm animals, birds, rodents (and rabbits), reptiles and fish and a couple of stories about exotic animals (foxes) and a final weirdly endearing chapter about flea circuses of the Victorian era (odd and silly in about equal measures).
The book is lavishly illustrated with beautiful paintings and illustrations from the period. The stories themselves are well written and (mostly) historically sound, and when there are discrepancies, they're clearly noted. The book also includes a useful index and a sources list as well as a bibliography which provides a good resource list for further reading.
I enjoyed this book a lot and found the author's informal style both accessible and fun to read.
Stats: The Pug Who Bit Napoleon; nimal Tales of the 18th&19th Centuries
192 pages, Kindle & Paperback format,
Anticipated pub. date: 30 Nov, 2017
Author: Mimi Matthews
Publisher: Pen & Sword UK
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher.