A dog of kings

Meet Putzi, the Maltese who lives with us. Henri II Valois owned six of these noble beasts and introduced them into French society. When he was mortally wounded in a joust his mistress, Diane de Poitiers rushed to his bedchamber but nasty Catherine de Medici would not let her in to say good-bye. She did give her the King’s dogs. Better that than a poisoned apple, I suppose!

Dear Putzi won’t let us forget that he comes from noble stock. After all, the breed was favored in Antiquity by patrician Roman ladies.


About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at http://peasantsandjews.org. Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). http://www.dolchstosslegende.com. I also invite you to visit my profession web page at http://georgevascik.org.
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