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The relationship between man and cat in the medieval and early modern Low Countries - II. The home cat and the tormented cat

Only from the middle of the 17th century did the cat receive a modest place in the context ofthe new home decoration that had contributed to a process of identity formation and culturaldistinction. This status improvement did not prevent the vast majority of the feline populationfrom being focused on survival in their daily life. Even at the end of the period, many cats werethe subject of brutal public entertainment and structural violence. The real revolution in ourrelationship with the cat is of recent date. However, anthropomorphization, in which all kinds ofhuman qualities are uncritically attributed to the cat, continues unabated.

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