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A Monarch's Best Friend: Dogs of Tudor England
  • Robert D Franco, University of Pennsylvania

The courtly pastimes of sixteenth-century Europe have received thorough analysis by scholars. However, some of the most prominent features of a European court were the pets that lived with nobles and courtiers. These animals have received little attention from historians, and the study of their relationships with Tudor nobles can reveal certain features of noble display. In the court of Tudor monarchs, dogs played an important role in imagery and concept of majesty. Dogs were used by Tudor monarchs and aristocrats to enhance their majesty through various mediums such as portraiture, cost, and the association of nobility with particular characteristics of certain dogs.

  • dogs,
  • Tudors,
  • 16th century,
  • British History,
  • majesty
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Robert D Franco. "A Monarch's Best Friend: Dogs of Tudor England" (2011)
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