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History without the boring bits

By: Crofton, Ian

1848668686 / 9781848668683
Paperback
909
05/02/2015
Stock expected by 19/11/2019
England
20 cm 362 pages : illustrations (black and white)
General (US: Trade)  Learn More
Reprint. Originally published: 2007.

Conventional chronologies of world history concentrate on the reigns of kings and queens, the dates of battles and treaties, the publication dates of great books, the completion of famous buildings, the deaths of iconic figures, and the years of major discoveries.

But there are other more interesting stories to tell - stories which can bring the past vividly and excitingly to life.

Imagine a book that tells you the date of the ancient Roman law that made it legal to break wind at banquets; the name of the defunct medieval pope whose putrefying corpse was subjected to the humiliation of a trial before a court of law; the identity of the priapic monarch who sired more bastards than any other king of England; and last but not least the date of the demise in London of the first goat to have circumnavigated the globe - twice.

Imagine a book crammed with such deliciously disposable information, and you have History without the Boring Bits.

By turns bizarre, surprising, trivial, and enlightening, History without the Boring Bits offers rich pickings for the browser, and entertainment and inspiration aplenty for those who have grown weary of more conventional works of history.

BIC:

HBG General & world history

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