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The Terrible Tudors (Horrible Histories) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Terry Deary , Neil Tonge , Martin Brown
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18 Jun 1993 Horrible Histories
History with the nasty bits left in. Grizzly details of Tudor life from horrendous beheadings to mysterious murders and cruel kings and queens. History has never been so horrible! For 9-12 year olds.


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Hippo; 1st UK Paperback Edition edition (18 Jun 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590552902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439954372
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,998 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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From the Back Cover

Foul facts about the cruellest kings and meanest queens ever to rule England!

Terry Deary and Martin Brown’s brilliant books about the nastiest periods in history have now—with the help of some astounding actors—been transformed into a series of audio extravaganzas. Featuring new, extra material not found anywhere in the books, these sound spectaculars are just as thrilling and spilling, funny and fast as their printed counterparts. Horrible Histories are guaranteed to bring you history with the nasty bits left in!

So, if you want to hear the terrible tale of an awful axeman and brush up your knowledge of Tudor torture, or if you’ve ever wondered exactly why Henry VIII thought he’d married a horse, this is the cassette for you! It’s packed with sketches, quizzes and revolting recipes which—when mixed with poems, jokes, mini-dramas and real life re-enactments—tell you the kind of foul facts which just aren’t available from a classroom education!

History has never been so horrible … --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
... from cruel kings and queens to poor peasants and common criminals.

Want to know:

* some terrible Tudor swear words?
* about terrible Tudor torture?
* why Henry VIII thought he'd married a horse?

Read on to find some foul facts, some horrendous beheadings, a mysterious murder, some curious quizzes and gruesome games.
History has never been so horrible!'

A witty, colourful cover opens to 135 pages, split over chapters:

1. The terrible Tudors
2. Terrible Tudor Times
3. Terrible Tudor life - and death
4. Terrible Tudor schools
5. Tudor crime....and terrible punishments
6. Terrible Shakespeare
7. Terrible Tudor mystery
8. Terrible Tudor kings and queens
9. Terrible Tudor witches
10. Terrible Tudor food
11. Terrible Tudor fun and games
12. Terrible Tudor sailors
13. Terrible Tudor clothes
14. Terrible Tudor life for women

with an introduction and an epilogue.

Written with the typical Deary humour, aided by Neil Tonge, - in a variety of fonts - and superb illustrations throughout, from Martin Brown.

Find out more in Even More Terrible Tudors!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terry Deary – The Terrible Tudors | Reviews 8 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
Terry Deary is back again, giving you all of the grizzly, gruesome details that schoolteachers fail to mention. That said, you shouldn't be scared of giving this to a kid - it won't give them nightmares, but it will make them want to learn more, and that's all that really matters.

This time, Deary's work is illustrated by Neil Tonge rather than Martin Brown, but it still maintains the same feel and the same style that you'll be used to if you've read other books in the series. The Terrible Tudors might not be the best place to start, but you're still going to love it.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to history 14 Feb 2007
By KTS
Format:Paperback
This book is, contrary to some views, a very good read. It is designed to make learning about the "Terrible" Tudors fun, and it achieves this with flying colours.

The book not only introduces the monarchs of the time, such as the infamous Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, but also what conditions were like to live and work, what food there was available, and some Terrible Tudor customs!

Overall, a perfect book to read for children and teenagers alike, combining Terry Deary's perfect humour with facts which will stick with the reader for the rest of their lives!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yardstick for engaging small children 31 Dec 2013
By Drew
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This series of books is the starting point for young children who need to become engaged with our history. This is where Mr Gove should have been looking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I think the author did a lot of research
I loved the whole book it was so much fun to read
I would recommend this book to people of all ages
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the terrible tudors 8 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
bought this book for my 8 year old son as he loves the horrible histories series on tv great book lots of imformation he loves it shall be buying more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love it, great product...speedy delivery!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 5 July 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Box slightly broke,n but DVD fine
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