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The Measly Middle Ages (Horrible Histories) Paperback – 7 May 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 3 edition (7 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439944015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439944014
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Audio CD
An example of audible humour from Mr Deary on the CD version of the title:

'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).'

ooOoo

And, 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 chapters:

1. Timeline
2. Nasty Normans
3. Feudal fellows
4. Dreadful disease
5. Nutty knights
6. Awful Angevins
7. Foul food
8. Lousy Lancastrians
9. Woeful women
10. Cheerless children
11. Middle Ages mind-benders
12. Rotten religion

with an introduction and an epilogue.

Written with the typical Deary humour, in a variety of types, and superb illustrations/cartoons throughout, from Martin Brown.
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By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
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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This book is very interesting and factual though when it gets to the middle of the book, it keeps telling stories of a person in middle ages life and it gets quite boring. On the other hand, it was interesting and I do recommend this book.
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Format: Audio CD
As big fans of Horrible Histories, both my pre teen daughters love this CD. I always find it being played on their CD players and often have to switch it off when I check on them at bedtime
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Format: Paperback
My son bought this book as a gift for a French gentleman (a primary school teacher who is mad about history but had never heard of this series). He (the teacher) found it to be an informative, intelligent read, and he said that he "savoured" the "typically British humour" that he loves so much. Next, I think we should give him the Horrible History of France and see how he likes that!
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I ordered a couple of the Horrible History books for my child age 10. They are good fun, but only understandable if you actually know the proper historical facts already. If not, the kid will be hopelessly lost in jokes, hints and superficial, twisted facts. If today's kids learn their history through these books, we have a problem. Teach your child the proper history first, then they can read the Horrible Histories just to have a laugh, as they are fun.
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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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