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Dark Knights and Dingy Castles (Horrible Histories Special) [Paperback]

Terry Deary , Philip Reeve
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7 Feb 2011 Horrible Histories Special
Readers can discover all the foul facts about Dark Knights and Dingy Castles, including why one nutty knight chopped off his own finger, the revolting truth about a gong-farmer's job and what went on in gruesome castle garderobes. With a bold look these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans.

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Terry was born in Sunderland, England, in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, in the North-east of England.

Terry's father (Billy) was a butcher in Hendon, Sunderland, and his mother (Freda) was the manageress of a clothing shop. He worked many years in his father's butcher shop as a boy. It was better than school where he was beaten, bullied and abused by his loathsome teachers.

Terry began his career as a professional actor in 1972 when he joined Theatre Powys in Mid-Wales. He has also worked as a theatre-director, museum manager, drama teacher, television presenter. He first acted on television in 1973 and in 2010 he made his debut in movies with a small part in a British film "Risen"

As an actor with Theatre Powys Terry began writing scripts for some of the shows. One of the most successful was a children's show called "The Custard Kid". The "Custard Kid" tour ended but Terry didn't want to lose the exciting tale so he turned it into a children's novel. That first novel was published by A & C Black who are still publishing his books 35 years later.

In 35 years as an author his writing has included fiction and popular non-fiction. He also writes TV, theatre, radio, audio and new media scripts.

In 2009 CBBC Television launched a major television series of his Horrible Histories which has gone on to win several Children's BAFTA awards. In February 2011 the TV series won a British Comedy Award for best sketch show - the first children's show ever to win a Comedy Award. The same month Terry Deary became the 10th most-borrowed author in British libraries.

In 2010 there was a computer game adaptation for Nintendo Wii, DS and PC. A series of theatre plays, 'Horrible Histories', have been created in collaboration with Birmingham Stage Company touring throughout 2006 - 2012.

His next projects are with film companies to animate a 28-part worldwide television series "Terry Deary's True Time Tales" as well as adapting his "The Fire Thief" trilogy of fiction for movies. In 2011 Terry will scriupt a movie about football called 90 Minutes.

His charity work includes being patron of Single Homeless Action Initiative in Derwentside (SHAID), Grace House Children's Hospice appeal and Integrating Children is a small charity based in North Durham providing children with disabilities the chance to take part in leisure activities and enjoy the same opportunities as the non-disabled .

Terry was awarded a degree as Doctor of Education at Sunderland University in 2000 and is an ambassador for his home city of Sunderland. In 2011 he won the Sheffield Childrten's Book award for his novel "Put out the light" - a book that was also nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2012.

Terry has been married to Jenny since 1975 and their daughter Sara is a talented event rider who competes at international level. See her Shivers Event Team website. In June 2011 Sara had twins, Harry and Jessica, Terry and Jenny's first grand-children.

In his spare time Terry is a road runner with Derwentside Athletic Club and takes part in races from 3 miles up to the Great North Run 13.1 miles.

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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is great. 19 Jan 2001
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This book is another one that adds to the extensive collection by Terry Deary. This book is full of funny and fascinating facts about knights from all different areas of time and the castles they lived in. Ths book is great for history lessons because it is packed full of facts. The book starts of with an introduction about history and then goes on to give a great time line which shows all the different areas in history about knights and castles. There are lots of different sections about the different parts of this subject including terrific tournaments, Battles and blood, Dreadful dungeons and Creepy castles. All the way throuhg this book there are funny illustrations by Philip Reeve which give you a great feel of what was going on then. One of my favourite parts in the book is the castle quiz which give you information about subjects like the ways the defenders used to throw water over the castle walls to try and stop the attackers climbing up. Overall I think this book is very funny but it can also be useful for anyone interested in this history subject.
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This book gives you an insight into the life of knights throughout the ages and how the customs and battle strategies changed. The book also tells you about ghosts, dungeons and Lords/Ladies of the manor over the centuries. This book makes history fun!
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This is an excellent book, funny and nearly always right on the nail (yeah, OK, so there are some mistakes - look, we all make mistakes, OK?) So it's a little bit heavier than some of his others - so it's maybe aimed at the more intelligent, with it, going-somewhere person. I loved Cutter Whey Castle, two miles west (sic) of Blackpool. And his summary of 'The Song of Roland' is BRILLIANT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Teaching Medieval Times! 24 Oct 2013
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I and my class absolutely love this book! We're currently learning about the medieval era and I was looking for something that went into a little more detail about castles (We have already read the Measly Middle Ages). The humour is a great way to engage the boys and girls alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another HH great 27 Jan 2013
Bought this for my 7 year old son who has recently started really enjoying horrible histories on TV. It was a great buy. He loves it. The mix of little cartoon pictures and bite sized chunks of text mean it can be picked up for a short read or be read for longer.
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