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Bull-baiting: intellectual history

Emma Griffin

in England's Revelry

Published by British Academy

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263211
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734427 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263211.003.0005

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Bull-baiting: intellectual history

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This chapter attempts to establish the extent of concern for animal suffering during eighteenth-century England. An intellectual history of this sport is provided. It looks at the rapid emergence of hostile criticism about bull-baiting in the late eighteenth-century. The chapter also attempts to situate the outpouring of concern within the wider context of concern about animal cruelty.

Keywords: animal suffering; eighteenth-century England; bull-baiting; hostile criticism; animal cruelty

Chapter.  11509 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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