St Anthony, patron saint of pets

Posted By on January 17, 2020

Today, 17th January, is the Feast of St Anthony the Abbot (St Anthony the Great), a Christian monk who was born in the 3rd century in Egypt.

Here in Spain, San Antonio is the patron saint of animals, particularly pets, and some churches have special services where owners can take their pets to be blessed. I think it’s a lovely idea.

To celebrate this feast day, I’m sharing the video talk I did last year answering the question “Did Anne Boleyn have any pets?”. I do hope you enjoy it. You’ll also get to see my family’s pets, although we didn’t have Teasel at the time!