The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

January 6, 2017

January 6, 1694

Francesco Morosini became the Doge of Venice, in March of 1688.  According to John Julius Norwich in his A History of Venice, (1982) Morosini was "the last of her great warrior doges." Morosini sought to get territory back from the Ottoman Turks, with a navy of 68 fighting ships. Already though, when he took power the empire of Venice was seriously reduced. After he was ill for a month with gallstones, Morosini died on January 6, 1694. His body was buried at S. Stefano. There are Morosini rooms at the Correr Museum, where the embalmed body of his cat is kept, a cat "of whom he is said to have been  inordinately fond."

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