St Anthony, patron saint of pets

| 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. […]

Did Anne Boleyn have any pets?

| March 1, 2019

Did Anne Boleyn have any pets?

In my latest “Questions about Anne Boleyn” video, I am answering the question “Did Anne Boleyn have any pets?”. In an age when exotic pets like monkeys were popular with royalty, what animals did Queen Anne Boleyn keep and what do we know about them? I look at what the contemporary sources tell us about […]