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“What is history, but a set of lies agreed upon?” – Napoleon BonaparteAt least, we think it was him. This quote is traditionally attributed to Napoleon, but ironically it’s not really clear whether or not he ever actually said it.As it turns out, a great many things which we think we know about history often turn out to be myths, misunderstandings, or outright fictions. Fo“What is history, but a set of lies agreed upon?” – Napoleon BonaparteAt least, we think it was him. This quote is traditionally attributed to Napoleon, but ironically it’s not really clear whether or not he ever actually said it.As it turns out, a great many things which we think we know about history often turn out to be myths, misunderstandings, or outright fictions. For example…• When was the Great Wall of China built?• Who defeated the Spanish Armada?• Did Lady Godiva really parade nude through Coventry?• Who was the rightful king of England in 1066?• Who was the first (and only) Emperor of the USA?• When was the first world war? (Hint: it’s not when you think)Why Was Queen Victoria Such a Prude? is the latest fascinating book in a long-running series from bestselling writer David Haviland. This time the focus is on history, as Haviland explores the entire history of human civilisation, from the Trojan Wars all the way up to the 21st century![from]...

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  • Rickus Bookshelf
    2019-01-31 23:41

    Really enjoyed this! Full review over here:

  • Janet Russell
    2019-02-23 03:13

    Facts & More!!Ever wanted to know history's most interesting answers then this is the book for you! From was Queen Victoria a prude ? to other similar questions answered! Very good & very funny in parts good all round book!

  • Carley Adair
    2019-02-08 06:26

    An interesting book on "Histories Mysteries ".A fascinating book about history that clears up myths of what was known about historical advents which were not true.I enjoyed the part about the horse the best .

  • Anthony Stancomb
    2019-02-04 07:13

    A wonderful book for anyone who is interested in the oddities of history and human nature.It is a compilation of fascinating tales from all over the world, but mainly from England and Europe, and in it you can find the answers to many mysteries such as – Who was Aguirre God of Wrath? – What was the Ground Nut War? – How was Archduke Ferdinand assassinated ? – Why did we have a drugs war with China? – Why did the Amada fail? It also explains who were the Cathars, the Carolingians, the Frankish Knights, and what the Holy Roman Empire and the Crusaders were all about.An amazing piece of research, it’s the kind of book hey should give out in history classes in schools, instead of the ones I remember having to grind through. So what if a few of the particulars might be debatable – it instils interest, curiosity and excitement, and no one can fail to feel they have gained something. It is written with great humour, and it brims with fascinating and highly salacious tales of extraordinary goings that I had never heard about. Who ever heard of King Pippin and his most unbrotherly relationship with his brother – and who knew about the weird goings on in Sparta? (I’d never come across the word phemistic before.)Above all, this is the sort of book you can dip into whenever you’re in need of a few moments entertainment, as every section is full of riveting stories – some that make your toes curl, and some that make you chortle. Highly recommended.

  • David McClure
    2019-02-22 02:24

    This is a chocolate box of book- a delicious assortment of historical tall tales and busted myths in bite-sized chunks that would keep any traveller well nourished (and chuckling) during a long train journey or plane trip.Did you know that the wine label Chateau Neuf du Pape was derived from the pope’s new stately home during the Avignon papacy or that a papal bull excommunicated anyone taking the supposed sexual stimulant snuff – or indeed that Samantha Cameron is descended from Nell Gwynn?If one tale does not take your fancy and, say, your tastes are more royalist than classicist, then there is always another curiosity a couple of pages along that hits the spot - such is the eclectic nature of this collection of historical follies.It’s all written with effortless erudition and a dry wit, although the author might reconsider the view that Prince Albert died after he” travelled to Ireland to admonish his son” (most historians say they met at Cambridge) and that “Sandringham House was bought by Queen Victoria for her son” (according to many authoritative sources Bertie paid for it himself although she may made a small contribution).But regardless of the odd quibble, “Why was Queen Victoria such a prude?” is a perfect present for the curious child in all of us.

  • Gavin Evans
    2019-02-03 06:27

    The answer to the question in the title is that, well, actually, she wasn't such a prude at all (the prude was her husband, Albert), and even after his death she was rather saucier than we have learned to believe. This is just one of scores of historical nuggets, combined together in ten thematic bundles. Each starts with an apt historical quote and then they roll on - mostly from British history, but with plenty from ancient Greece and Rome, continental Europe and the United States. Haviland writes fluently, with sharp humour, and his historical knowledge is remarkable. Many of the stories give a different twist to conventional historical wisdom; others throw light on previously under-reported. For example, stories of the brutality of the crusades against Muslims are well-rehearsed but Haviland's account of the crusade against the pacifistic French Cathars makes ISIS look like pussycats. And while it is now well-known that Richard the Lionheart wasn't the noble king of Robin Hood legend, he emerges here as a mass murdering, spendthrift brute who couldn't speak a work of English. Nor for that matter did the first King George, 58th in line for the throne, more than 500 years later. This book is a delight not just for history buffs, but for anyone who enjoys a spot of iconoclasm and a good story.

  • JJ
    2019-01-29 02:33

    There’s something for everyone in this myth-busting compendium of fascinating – and quite often bizarre – facts about historical figures and events. Haviland, our intrepid guide, adds a few touches of dry wit and gallows humour befitting of such horrific historical characters as Jack Ketch, whose reputation as the world’s most inept head-chopper turned his public executions into must-see bloodbaths (these days we settle for Game of Thrones). Elsewhere, he pours cold water over the long-held belief that Lady Godiva rode butt-naked through the streets of Coventry (Roger of Wendover, you naughty, gullible buggar) and reveals that, also contrary to popular belief, Queen Victoria very much wanted her sex (to paraphrase George Michael). And who knew that the wireless networking technology Bluetooth was named after the Danish king Harald Bluetooth who united much of Scandinavia in the 10th century? Not I, His Majesty. I’ve already recommended the book to my pub-quiz friends.

  • Joff Sharpe
    2019-02-03 00:42

    As the title suggests, this short book is a compendium of weird and wonderful facts from history - and it also debunks some myths that are widely held to be true. It turns out, for example, that the Captain in command of the infamous HMS Bounty mutineers was neither a captain nor cruel. Lady Godiva probably didn't ride naked through the streets of Coventry. Queen Victoria, mother of nine children, wasn't against sex. On the other hand, the pages are full of historic figures who did do mass murder, unspeakable tortures, sex with children, prostitutes, minotaurs or sending Tommies to be mown down by German machine-guns (which, according to Field Marshal Haig, were overrated weapons). In short, this book is an easy read and one designed to make history fun, rather like the "Horrible History" series but for grown-ups.

  • Anthony Bruce
    2019-02-06 06:34

    An entertaining, well written and amusing collection of 'historic myths and follies' ranging from the Trojan War to Kim Jong II. Displaying wide historical knowledge and a great sense of humour he answers questions such 'Which queen gave birth before 200 people?' and 'What was unusual about the way Sparta raised its children?' as well as covering many more familiar events such as the Mutiny on the Bounty and the Seven Years' War. Some questions are more obscure - 'What was the unpleasant fate of [the sixteenth century] revolutionary Gyorgy Dozaa?' - but nevertheless still entertaining. The answer is that he was roasted and his flesh eaten while he was still alive. History as you've never read it before.

  • Elizabeth Edwards
    2019-01-29 01:34

    This book is a fascinating compilation of historical oddities and myths. Among the many gems I learned: that Anne of Cleves remained on good terms with Henry VIII after their divorce, that the Gettysburg Address- ranked as one of the all-time great speeches- had a mixed reception and that Nell Gwynn is directly related to Samantha Cameron. Perhaps the book's greatest service is the way it demolishes a number of historical myths such as the Spanish Armada being drefeated primarily by the English navy and the Children's Crusade being primarily composed of children. Two minor blemishes. James I wasn't a Roman Catholic and Frederick the Great invaded Silesia not Schleswig.

  • HistoryLover
    2019-02-13 01:26

    This is a sideways, not too serious look at the past, going behind the myths and downright lies that have we have come to call history. Ranging across the centuries and around the globe, author David Haviland asks, among many other things, when the Great Wall of China was built, who was the rightful king of England in 1066 and what was the more effective weapon, the machine gun or the bayonet? The answers may not be what you think. A book for those who love history and a perfect present for those who don't yet realize that they love history.

  • Mary Hollingsworth
    2019-02-05 07:40

    Starting with the Trojan wars and ending up in the 21st century, Haviland's compendium of historical myths and follies is a real delight. Did you know that the Bluetooth logo is based on the initials of the medieval Danish king, Harald Bluetooth? This book contains hundreds of stories from every era and every continent, all short and all written with an ear for laughter. It is a treasure trove of the bizarre. How wonderful it would be if all school children could be enthused by their history teachers with some of Haviland's magic.

  • Nicholas Best
    2019-02-15 04:35

    Turns out that old joke about Custer's last stand wasn't far wrong (see end of Chapter Six). This is a Christmas stocking book, full of interesting nuggets from history that you never knewWhy did the spears of Julius Caesar's army burn with a blue flame? How did naughty King Eadwig celebrate his coronation in 955? What happened to Simon de Montfort's head (he was my many times great-grandfather, so I was interested to know) and why did staircases wind clockwise in medieval times? The book is for dipping into, rather than reading straight through. Enjoy it one themed chapter at a time.

  • Autre Nom
    2019-02-04 23:34

    David Haviland's book is a kind of highlights reel of history. You get all the good (or, at least, interesting) bits but without having to sit through the plot heavy set ups. It's trivia but the genuinely fascinating kind that will impress everyone at the pub quiz. A lot of executions (usually bloody), sex (usually bizarre), and cunning plans (usually pretty dumb). It's flippant and anyone who prefers their historical figures or events to be taken seriously might want to steer clear, but I enjoyed it and bothered friends with 'Did you know ..?' questions for days after I read it.

  • Ian Graham
    2019-02-04 03:36

    An entertaining readThis book is an entertaining assortment of urban myths, mistaken beliefs and historical mysteries. The stories, mostly two or three pages long, include well-known tales like the South Sea Bubble, the Spanish Armada, the Boston Tea Party and the Mutiny on the Bounty, but there are also lots of less well-known stories. If you want to know more about the lost dauphin, the three rival popes and the Roman senator that was a horse, Haviland’s book has the answers. A good read.

  • Susan Ottaway
    2019-02-14 23:33

    A great account of diverse events during centuries of history. The details are sometimes amusing, sometimes horrifying, while some are absolutely gruesome but they are always interesting and entertaining. If you are squeamish don’t make this your bedtime reading but do read it anyway! A fascinating book.

  • Rachel
    2019-02-12 02:32

    I found this to be an interesting read with some good research. I was fascinated in some parts and learned a lot. It would have been a bit better to have more chronology instead of jumping about between time periods but there was an effort made to link facts and refer back to previous chapters.

  • Becky P
    2019-02-11 02:36

    I very much enjoyed the length of the answers which were short and sweet. This book is like the horrible history books but for adults. It's informative without being wordy and covers a range of questions.

  • Allyssa
    2019-02-14 02:30

    I really enjoyed this. lots of great facts that I did not know yet.

  • Mary
    2019-02-16 07:17

    3.5/5. An easy, enjoyable and informative read even though I'd read about some of these stories before.

  • Doreen
    2019-02-10 02:43

    Another history without the boring bits. Intersting little snippets, some of which I knew already. It also debunks some of the things you thought you knew, which is disappointing but educational.