- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic; Reissue edition (5 Nov. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1407103512
- ISBN-13: 978-1407103518
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
The Gorgeous Georgians (Horrible Histories)
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In a world where the boys wore make-up and highwaymen ruled the roads, Terry Deary has uncovered some of the horrible truths about the Gorgeous Georgians in this riotous addition to the Horrible Histories range.
In this, another howling success for the series, famous villains like Rob Roy, Dick Turpin and Blackbeard, who all became folk heroes over time, are given the once-over by the sharp-penned Deary as he tells the truth about their lives of crime, leaving little doubt as to what they were really up to when they were on the run.
From poor hygiene and terrible food to a country overrun with body snatchers and thief-takers, the poor old Georgians didn't stand much of a chance in a country run by unsuitable politicians and less than stable monarchs, and Gorgeous Georgians wastes no time in taking a stab at this seedy side of Georgian life. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Find out about lords & ladies with a personal hygiene problem, outrageous outlaws & pitiful peasants.
...The posh Georgians in Britain sent people to 'Parliament' to argue with the king...King George I didn't do a lot of arguing with his Parliament because he hardly spoke any English.
He gave a lot of presents and power to the Whigs and they ruled the country for him.
The Tories hated George I - they only supported him because they thought he was better than the Catholic James Stuart.
Even the Whigs didn't like him much!
Parliament now had power!
There were more Lords' sons in the House of Commons than any other group...
History has never been so horrible!'
A witty, colourful cover opens to 129 pages, split over chapters:
2. Gorgeous Georgians
3. Gorging Georgians
4. Top of the class
5. Gruesome Georgians
6. Bodies for sale
7. Quaint quack doctors
8. Gory Georgian fun and games
9. Wacky Georgian words
10. Rotten revolutions
11. Test your teacher
with an introduction & an epilogue.
Written with the typical Deary humour in a variety of type styles, interspersed with 'Did you know' facts, 'ask your teacher' or 'pester your parent' questions, the odd quiz...along with all sorts of snippets...even a recipe for 'Strawberry Fritters'!
So what would a Georgian doctor do with a pelican?
Can you spot the 'odd one out' in the rather odd 'Georgian Crazy Cures' test?
Super black & white illustrations/cartoons throughout, from Martin Brown.
Opening the book, the text is a nice size for young readers (my daughter is six, and can read this with a little assistance from me) although some passages are written in Italics, which she finds a little harder to read . There are illustrations on every page, making it far more lively as a book, and also enabling my daughter to interpret new words a little easier . The wording in the book is simple, but not patronising, and although there are a few words that might be trickier for her age, they are often explained and broken down to make them easier to understand .
Without blowing my own trumpet, I'm very interested in History, and read a lot of historical non-fiction, (and the occasional fiction too). I consider myself to have a relatively good knowledge base with history, but there were things I learnt from this book that I'd never known - for example that women made false eyebrows out of mouse-fur , or that coat was often referred to as a cover-me-queerly .
Chapters are presented in small sections, so a child won't be overwhelmed with two much information at once . I love the mentions of some of the yukkier aspects, and so did my daughter, who finds it hilarious that George the First died of the squits after eating too much fruit, and that the Georgians got nits too! And the facts seem to be sticking in her head, as well as encouraging her interest in history . In fact, she's developed a particular interest in George the Fourth, particularly in him being so fat and the pavilion he built , which she now hopes to visit in the summer holidays .
My daughter and I have both enjoyed reading this book together - for her, it was funny and amusing, and for me it was both of these too . It's taught us both things we didn't know, and I'm also very glad that my daughter now has an interest to match my own in history . I'll certainly be buying more books from this series in future .
I definitely think its suitable to be read together with children as young as five, or to be read alone from about 8 years old . Highly recommended .