I don’t endorse the militarization of cats but I note that said cats don’t seem to upset with the circumstances. Perhaps this records a brief and terrifying moment of military ascendancy amongst European felines in the late 16th century, now largely lost to history.
I was puzzled when a friend asked me a few weeks ago if I’d seen the “rocket cat” illustrated in a Penn manuscript which had been featured on the book blog BibliOdyssey in November. The image, from what was described as a 1584 “Feuer Buech” manuscript, appeared to show a cat and a bird propelled by rockets towards a castle.
I enthusiastically retweeted the image and began trying to figure out just what was going on in the manuscript . Since then, the “rocket cat” has gone somewhat viral, appearing in the Atlantic, BoingBoing, and elsewhere. Given the illustration’s new-found fame I thought it would be worthwhile to provide a bit of context.
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