England (Horrible Histories Special) Paperback – 18 Jun 2004
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An absolutely 5 star read
One have to remember that they are written for 10-15 year old-ish.
the author have said that it is difficult not to write something wrong, because the first constants used to be considered the truth, but by the time the rest of the book had been written, those truths had been disproved.
Also a good theme in the books is that you shouldn't always believe what a historian have written, because the winner writes the history.
From the cruel Celts right up to the terrible 20th century it is a tale that will make you quake.
Want to know:
* which monk tried to pinch the devil's nose with a pair of tongs?
* why some people in the Middle Ages ate dove droppings?
* which English king was accused of being a werewolf?
Whether it is plague, fir and civil war, or roast beef, fish and chips and a cup of tea, if it's got anything to do with the English, it's in this book. Mull over the miseries of Middle Ages monarchs, discover ten ways to be killed down a Victorian mine, and find out which dreadful days in history to celebrate with a day off school.
History has never been so horrible!'
Standing at c 8.5" high, this is larger than the regular 'Horrible History' series of books titles.
Colourful paperback covers open to 192 matt pages split over chapters:
1. Barmy Britons
2. Island invaders
3. Miserable Middle Ages
4. Creepy country
5. Batty beliefs and curious customs
6. The revolting English
7. Terrible Tudors and slimy Stuarts
8. Cruel criminals
9. Gorgeous Georgians and vile Victorians
10. Woe for workers
11. Kruel for kids
12. Terrible 20th Century
13. What's English?
14. Awful for animals
sandwiched between an introduction and an epilogue.
Various fonts, with black and white illustrations & cartoons throughout.
'History is horrible but it is MORE horrible in some places than others. Some places have all the luck....the BAD luck. And England is one of them..............
AND the poor English have had to suffer the rain as well!.....
And here's another funny thing. Saint George wasn't even English. So why did the English pick him for their saint?'
Great book, as always great for getting kids reading and learning at the same time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book. Does not miss out an inch of fact. Loved it soooooooooo much!!! Would definitely recommend it to othersPublished on 26 July 2014 by don't care