Mimi MatthewsMimi Matthews



Never Bring a Dog into a Drawing Room: The Etiquette of Paying Calls with Pets

In the Victorian era, when paying a call on a friend or acquaintance, etiquette manuals decreed that one should never bring along one’s dog....

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A Scientific Justification for Spinsters: Old Maids and Cats in the Victorian Era

An article in the 1880 edition of the Dundee Courier declares that “the old maid would not be typical of her class without the cat.”...

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A Brief History of Victorian Goldfish Globes and Goldfish-Hawkers

Among fashionable Victorians, there was no parlor ornament so elegant—nor so diverting—as a clear glass globe filled with glittering goldfish. ...

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Sporting Cats in the 19th Century

Even the best spaniels and retrievers couldn't compete with the “great skill” of a sporting cat....

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Cat Funerals in the Victorian Era

In the Victorian era, bereaved pet owners commissioned undertakers to build elaborate cat caskets. Clergymen performed cat burial services. And stone masons chiseled cat names on cat headstones...

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Austen, Heyer, & the Prince of Orange: Pugs in Literature and History

Pugs feature in many of our favorite Regency novels and, in most of them, the cheerful little dog is not portrayed in a very flattering light. ...

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Mimi’s books are also available at Penguin Random House, IndieBound and Powell’s, and at Amazon in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

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