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Thursday, May 12, 2016

a list of dog breeds, 1486

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From medieval English prioress Dame Juliana Berners in her "Boke of Huntyng" (1486), here are the names of the dog breeds that come uppermost to mind when you are a nun and anyone asks you:
The Names Of Dyvers Manere Houndes.
Thyse ben the names of houndes. Fyrste there is a Grehoun: a Bastard: a Mengrell: a Mastif: a Lemor: a Spanyel: Raches: Kenettys: Teroures: Butchers houndes: Dunghyll dogges: Tryndeltaylles: and Pryckeryd currys: and smalle ladyes popees that bere away the flees and dyvers smale fawtes.
Or, for modern eyes:
"The Names of Diverse Many Hounds.
"These are the names of hounds.  First there is a Greyhound; a Bastard; a Mongrel; a Mastiff; a Limer (or "lyam hound," a leashed dog); a Spaniel; Raches (a smallish scenthound); Kennets (small hunting dogs); Terriers; Butcher's hounds; Dunghill dogs; Trundel tails (that is, dogs with curly tails); and Prick-eared curs; and small ladies' puppies that bear away the fleas and diverse small faults."

 - Dame Juliana's quote from: Jesse, G. R. (1866). Researches into the history of the British dog, from ancient laws, charters, and historical records: With original anecdotes, and illustrations of the nature and attributes of the dog. From the poets and prose writers of ancient, medieval, and modern times. London: R. Hardwicke. 136

1 comment:

parlance said...

Love it. Especially the dunghill dogs. But I wonder how those ladies' dogs managed to bear away the fleas, given that nowadays we think of dogs as bringing fleas.