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Terry Deary
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1 Jan 1900 Horrible Histories
The "Measley Middle Ages" tells you what life was really like in days of old when knights were bold, women wore tall pointy hats and the peasants were revolting.

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (1 Jan 1900)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563495251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563495253
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT READ! 21 Feb 2000
By A Customer
The Measly Middle Ages is just like all the other horrible histories. Cramed full of jokes, puns, blood and gore. It makes this book an extremly intresting and funny book to read. The one problem with this book is that it isn't very long, and when you have finished you just want it to go on and on and on. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about history or someone who just wants a good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The telling of history! 13 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
'First you feel a little poorly,
Then you start to swell, (Raspberry)
Then you start to spit some blood,
And then you really smell(Pong),
And then you know it's time
To ring your funeral bell(Dong),
And then along comes Mr Death,
Who takes you off to ....where. (Gone).'

Typical humour from Mr Deary - witty little songs break up the dialogue which is easy to listen to and easily absorbed!


Review for the book of the same name.....The Measly Middle Ages (Horrible Histories) [Illustrated], currently amalgamated under the Amazon indexing system.

'The Measly Middle Ages tells you what life was really like in.......days of old when knights were bold, women wore tall pointy hats and the peasants were revolting.'

Want to know:-

a genuine jester's joke?
why chickens had their bottoms shaved?
what ten-year-old treacle was used for?

Read on for some gruesome games, revolting recipes and fantastic facts.
Find out about miserable Medieval monks, the dreaded Black Death and schools that 'really' knew how to make children suffer.
History with the nasty bits left in!
History has never been so horrible!'

A witty, colourful cover opens to 136 pages, split over 12 chapters:-

Nasty Normans
Feudal fellows
Dreadful disease
Nutty knights
Awful Angevins
Foul food
Lousy Lancastrians
Woeful women
Cheerless children
Middle Ages mind-benders
Rotten religion

with an introduction and an epilogue.

Written with the typical Deary humour, in a variety of fonts, and superb illustrations/cartoons throughout, from Martin Brown.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Educational 27 July 2010
By KE123
Format:Audio CD
My 10 year old son loves this series and plays the Cd's whilst going to bed, I like the Cd format as he doesn't read much but he gets to use his imagination to envisage the period being so well described by Terry Deary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining 9 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
What a terrific way for my 10 year old son to learn about historical events. He has got several of the series and plays them over and over again. Good fun for car journeys.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Measly Middle Ages 14 Dec 2007
By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER
Who says history has to be boring and serious? Measly Middle Ages tells the history of the middle ages while completely entertaining the reader. The book itself is filled with lots of interesting information, surprising facts, and insider jokes. It's great fun!

Measly Middle Ages is part of a series of Horrible Histories which teaches history in a interesting, fun, and humorous way. All of these books have great titles like Rotten Romans, Awesome Egyptians, Groovy Greeks, and Vicious Vikings. A copy of these books should be in every local school library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good 29 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very good. I love horrible histories. Fun facts for adults as well as children. Recommended to anyone. Reasonably priced too
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