This is from Mark Girouard's The Return to Camelot: Chivalry and the English Gentleman. I had to share:
"Charles Lamb, the son of a Sussex baronet, decided shortly after his seventh birthday in 1823 that he was going to write the history of his guinea-pigs, Minnikin, Pin and Toby. [They] were gradually transformed into guinea-pig heroes of chivalry. As Charles Lamb grew older, his history grew and multiplied. And so, for that matter, did his guinea-pigs. Charles Lamb transformed his guinea-pigs into knights, counts and dukes, constructed elaborate coats of arms for them, and made them the heroes or villains of an epic romance of the Kingdom of Winnipeg. In the end, The History of Winnipeg from the foundation to the Present time BY ROYAL COMMAND extended to eight miniature red-and-green leather volumes.
Meanwhile the estate carpenter at Beauport set to work to construct a Camelot of battlemented hutches set in a miniature kingdom of Winnipeg in which swarms of guinea-pigs could roam safely or in comfort. Here, King Geeny and Queen Cavia, Sir Coccus Wallai, the Knight of Killinger, the Prince of Rarribu and Turknine de Newton lived, bred and died well into the 1830s. Meanwhile Charles Lamb was growing up, much loved by his family but also a puzzle to them. As his elder half-brother later wrote:
Under the influence of a bad course of reading and an unfortunate choice of friends, he became I fear almost an infidel. He never went into society and spent his time entirely in the country among his shells, insects, and guinea-pigs, of which latter collection he had several hundred."