Historical Tidbit: Animals Tried in Courts of Law

Historical Tidbit:  Animals were formally tried in court as defendants during the Middle Ages in Europe.  French lawyer Bartholomé Chassenée was appointed to represent felonious rats that destroyed barley in the 1500s.  He was able to persuade the judge that it was a danger for his clients to appear in court due to the amount of cats in the area.  It’s unclear how the case was settled.

Royal 10 E.IV, f.48v