Dome after dark: A prince & his poodle

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A dialogue, or, rather a parley betweene Prince Ruperts dogge whose name Is Puddle and Tobies dog whose name is Pepper (detail)London, 1643, John Emmerson collection
07 September 2017, 6:00pm6:30pm
LocationMeet in front foyer
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Meet Prince Rupert of Bohemia, nephew of Charles I of England, and his pet dog, Boy.

During the 17th-century English Civil War, which was sparked by Charles’s clashes with his own parliament, Rupert and Boy were inseparable companions on the battlefields. But they also found themselves at the centre of a war of words, as the subjects of satirical pamphlet exchanges between the sides of the conflict.

See selected items from the John Emmerson Collection, one of the world’s largest collections of rare English printed works. Items on display in the Mirror of the world: books and ideas exhibition include:

  • pamphlets about Rupert’s poodle, Boy, written by both the Royalists and the Parliamentarians
  • a copy of Cicero’s De officiis owned by Prince Rupert and bearing his signature
  • a letter from Charles I to his nephew, written in the king’s own hand.