Of material that was new to me Louise Robbins MS S of slavery and political oppression amidst the growing political turmoil In her engaging and often surprising account Robbins considers nearly every aspect of France's obsession with
exotic fauna from the vast literature on exotic animals and the inner workings of the oiseleurs' birdsellers' guild fauna from the vast literature on exotic animals and the inner workings of the oiseleurs' birdsellers' guild how the animals were transported housed and cared for Based on wide ranging and imaginative research Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots stands as a major contribution to the history of human animal relations eighteenth century culture and French coloniali. .
characters Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots Exotic Animals in Eighteenth Century Paris Animals History CultureLy Very engagingly written with an enormous amount. He royal menagerie at Versailles displayed lions cranes an elephant a rhinoceros and a zebra which in 1760 became a major court attractionFor Enlightenment era Parisians exotic animals both piued scientific curiosity and conveyed social status Their availability was a boon for naturalists like Buffon author of the
Best Selling Histoire Naturelle Who Observed Unusualselling Histoire naturelle who observed unusual in a variety of locations around the city Louis XVI saw his menagerie as a manifestation of his power and funded its
upkeep accordingly while critics used the caged animalsaccordingly while critics used the caged animals metaphor. One of the very top history books I ve read recent. In 1775 a visitor to Laurent Spinacuta's Grande Ménagerie at the annual winter fair in Paris would have seen two tigers several kinds of monkeys an armadillo an ocelot and a condor in all forty two live animals In Elephant Slaves and Pampered
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THE CITY RESIDENTS AND VISITORS COULD OBSERVE PERFORMING ELEPHANTScity residents and visitors could observe performing elephants a fighting polar bear Those looking for unusual pets could purchase parrots flying suirrels and capuchin monkeys ,