The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History (Google eBook)

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Basic Books, 2009 - History - 298 pages
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When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730s held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on, why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they reenacted it in pantomim
  

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Funny, witty and easy to read. - Goodreads
Oh, as someone who has 6 cats it was difficult to read. - Goodreads
I read this while writing a paper on fairy tales. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Qi Xiang - Goodreads

Fascinating book on French cultural history. Methodological approach comes under some flak for two major issues, which the author acknowledges in the conclusions. First is the pedigree of the sources ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chrissa Kuntz - Goodreads

Well, that was incredibly dense! But really interesting! It was difficult to plow through some of it, but I felt that I learned lots about the terrible living conditions of peasants and workers ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
3
The Great Cat Massacre of
75
The Anatomy
145
The Fabrication
215
Conclusion
257
Index
285
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About the author (2009)

Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library. A MacArthur Fellow, he is the author of the National Book Critics Circle award-winning The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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