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The Gorgeous Georgians (Horrible Histories) Paperback – 20 Feb 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Hippo / Scholastic Books; 1st edition (20 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059019772X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590197724
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,778,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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Another hilarious hit from the serious. As always very informative and entertaining.
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...the people who lived in these riotous times.
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:

1. Timeline
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.
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i love history and this book made the subject even more exicting! it's nice and small so you can read it in a day or two, it has lots of fun facts, recipes and quizes.
please see all my reviews!
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I thought this was thrilling with its funny and hillarious facts and its skillful stories.If you fancy a history book this is the one for YOU!
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