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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Whittington's Cat

I found Whittingon's cat everywhere at Archway yesterday. Why is this cat so honoured? A bit of research and I discover that the cat probably never existed at all, the story of Dick Whittington and his cat was born in the 14th century and became increasingly elaborate. He was not a poor boy but actually quite wealthy and never owned a cat. It is thought that maybe the legend of the cat arose from the type of boat he used for trading known as a cat or from the French word "achat" meaning purchase.
However the story is a lovely one with several possible origins. I will tell you the legend tomorrow with another Whittington cat.

12 comments:

Adullamite said...

Lots of cats there. Good pic that one!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I have not seen a cat quite like this one looks. We have "Baby Kitty" my granddaughter's cat who weighs in at an astonishing 20 pounds. Never saw a real cat tree but maybe I will as I am only 77 and haven't seen everything yet.

Accidental Londoner said...

Oh dear, now I feel really ignorant. I've passed Dick Whittington's cat loads and always thought it was supposed to be a fox! Must pay more attention...

Sharon said...

I've heard of Dick Whittington's Cat before but never really knew the story so I'll be looking forward to your post tomorrow.

Karine said...

I'm looking forward to hearing more of this story!

this is Belgium said...

also I am looking forward to the story

Nat said...

Didn't know that! Looking forward to reading more about the story...

Art said...

Excellent image!

gloria cuce' said...

Very Nice!!!!

RedPat said...

I don't know the story either so am looking forward to tomorrow!

Babzy said...

Interesting story :)

Dani Middleton said...

Can't wait to visit the cat. Such lovely photo.

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