Professor David Hendy explains how cramped conditions led to a brutal massacre of cats.
In the 18th century, Edinburgh was one of most overcrowded cities in Europe. Narrow alleys or 'wynds' separated looming tenement buildings, each housing multiple families. Individuals of very different classes and ways of life had to rub along in cramped conditions.
Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex squeezes in among them, and explains how a similar situation in Paris led to a surreal and brutal massacre of cats.
30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.
Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.