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King George kept a "human pet" at court
« on: May 29, 2013, 10:27:24 am »
The child savage kept as a pet by King George

Since his death 200 years ago, his life has been shrouded in mystery. But now, thanks to the detective work of the chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces, Lucy Worsley, we may be close to explaining many of the unanswered questions concerning him — not least why he was living feral in a forest in the first place.
Her findings are published in a new paperback version of her book Courtiers, about the inhabitants of Kensington Palace in London

Peter was discovered, naked, in the summer of 1725 by villagers in a forest near Hamelin in North Germany — the town of Pied Piper legend.
Aged about 12, he walked on all fours, fed on grass and leaves and would scamper up trees when approached.

George I thought it would be amusing to have the creature as a plaything. He named the boy Peter and took him to his summer palace at Herrenhausen in Hanover, where he was dressed in expensive clothes and dined with the King. The monarch watched with appalled fascination as Peter, napkin at his neck, gorged himself on vegetables, fruit and raw meat, eating noisily from his hands.

In the spring of 1726, he was brought to London as entertainment for those bored by the stultifying rituals of court life.
‘He was lucky that George I heard about him — although at court, he was treated like a performing dog rather than the damaged little boy that he was.’