Frankenstein’s Sheep: The Story of Stockbreeding – Part 1

Poor sheep.

While Mary Shelley began writing her book Frankenstein near the beginning of the eighteenth century, the farmers of England had been at work for around half a century to create creatures of their own.

Sheep were once a small, beautifully coated animal of fairly reasonable¬†intelligence. My dissertation is on the changes to sheep that happened during the 17th and 18th centuries, how they changed from the animal just described to the meat-making machines they are today. […]