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8-10 déc. 2016, Munich : Animals at Court

Whoever does research on courts encounters, if only peripherally, animals: from horses to hounds, falcons to fleas. Animals at court included animals for food production and consumption; for transport; for the hunt; for equestrian sports; for defence; for companionship; or simply for exhibition as exotica. Animals had symbolic functions too, as indicators of power and rank for princes and courtiers (in crests and coats of arms, for example the double-headed eagle of Austria), and as representations of life at court (as in La Fontaine’s phrase Peuple cameleon, people singe du maitre). A growing curiosity about the history of animals invites further study and an interdisciplinary approach to animals at court.

Lieu : Kaulbachstraße 15, Historisches Kolleg, Munich