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Horrible Histories: Measly Middle Ages [Paperback]

Terry Deary , Martin Brown
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Oct. 1 2007 Horrible Histories
The Measly Middle Ages uncovers what life was really like in the Middle Ages when knights were bold and women wore tall pointy hats. Want to know a genuine jester's joke? Why chickens had their bottoms shaved? Or what ten-year-old molasses was used for? Read on for some gruesome games, revolting recipes and fantastic facts. Find out about miserable medieval monks and schools that really knew how to make children suffer.

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"Terry Deary has written over 200 books that are available in 40 languages. His Horrible Histories series has sold twenty million copies world-wide, and has become a television show in the UK. Terry has been named a Doctor of Education by Sunderland University. Terry is a former actor, theatre director, and museum manager. His website is www.terrydeary.com Martin Brown is best known for his illustrations in the best-selling Horrible Histories series. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Martin now lives in the countryside with his wife, Sally, and their daughters. "

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Reduced Shakespeare Company" Does History Feb. 23 2004
I came across Terry Deary completely by accident ~ in a gift shop in Scotland, shoved amongst other more "scholarly" hardcovers. As my graduate area of study is the Middle Ages, I was intrigued and bought the book on a whim ~ and haven't stopped buying Terry Deary's books since! Are the books chock-full of historical facts guaranteed to allow someone to walk away thinking they know everything about the Middle Ages, Greece, Rome, France, or any of Deary's other topics? No, of course not. Are the books a wonderfully entertaining (and illustrated!) way of addressing what can admittedly be a bit of a dry topic? Of course! I say any books that can make someone, young or old, become interested in history should be embraced fully. And, hey, I learn something new from every book I read, which is an added bonus! Further, I think these books definitely appeal to adults who have an interest or education in history ~ much as what "The Reduced Shakespeare Company" teaches us about Shakepeare is true about Deary's treatment of history: the better you know the original, the more funny and entertaining the condensed versions are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These books got me hooked on History Oct. 24 2002
I am really in the debt of Terry Deary. If it weren't for him and his wonderful "Horrible History" series, I would never have been introduced to history. I first read his work when I was only ten. Seven years later, I'm still enjoying his work. Yes, childish, but it is so much fun. I now want to teach, to make history fun to others. I wouldn't have known it possible if it weren't for Deary. Right next to my "Measly Middle Ages" and my "Woeful Second World War" is my John Keegen and William Manchester.
Onto "Measly Middle Ages". I really enjoy this book. Both irreverent and insightful at the same time, this book really shows the reader how horrible the middle ages actually were. I've read several works on the era, and this book nicely fills in the basic details, with out bogging it down with the details that us history dorks love. A great book for kids, a great book for people who both enjoy history and enjoy having fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute but not astute Aug. 26 2001
This book would not do for a young person who actually wants to learn some history, as the history aspect is done just a little too "lite". Here's a paragraph describing the Norman Conquest: "Bill the Conqueror was Norman leader in 1066. He said King Edward of England had promised him the English throne --King Harold said the same thing." [You see the problem there with the indefinite antecedent.] "It was a fight to the death for two tough fellers. The English must have hoped Harold would win because Big Bill was bloodthirsty..." The above is actually okay for the British teenagers for whom it was originally written, but a young American audience would be unlikely to deduce the basic facts of the Norman Conquest from the author's account. It is, however, funny, likely to hook a reluctant reader, and seems to have been enjoyed by the young people who reviewed it here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Measly Middle Ages Dec 14 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A replacement for Harry Potter Jan. 7 2003
This great, enchanting, and captivating series attracted me since i was a child. Not only is this an educating experience, this also provides information in a very enjoyable way. Attractive to the most intelligent minds, and interesting to every child, this makes a great gift and also a great reader.
It will make you smile and even laugh out loud as you read book after book. My only question is, why would they ever stop priting? I ask Scholastic to continue print so all who desire a book can recieve one. Thank you.
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All these books are great! I read them in bits but they get addicting. I've learned so many great things. For example, did you know the word "quiz" was introduced into the language by a man who was trying to win a bet? He wrote the word on all the walls in town, and everything, to meet his challenge of bringing a new word into English. He won the bet when the word stuck and people started using it. Neat, huh? Read the series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a gas!!! Aug. 23 1998
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These "Horrible Histories" books are written for kids, but are wonderful reading for adults, too. They make history and learning much more fun, due to the jokes, cartoons, snide remarks, etc., that are thrown in for good measure. Of our family of four, three of us are sharing the books between us. We will definitely be buying the whole series, as well as purchasing them for gifts!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny and Crative Histories. June 1 1998
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It told me about how people lived in the Middle Ages. But it also told me jokes, and I think it's a very good book to read, especially if you don't like your history class. This book tells you histories of the Middle Ages though jokes cartoons, and other great staff you want to read about, but the best part about this book is, it's funny and educational at the same time. So check it out sometimes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great teaching tool
The Measly Middle Ages has made teaching 7th grade social studies a breeze! My students love the gross facts and the comics that make learning history fun. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great teaching tool
The Measly Middle Ages has made teaching 7th grade social studies a breeze! My students love the gross facts and the comics that make learning history fun. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2002 by Reading Bug
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book!!!
this book is the most funniest and will keep you laughing every time you read it. I can hardly wait to read the whole series of Terry Deary. Read more
Published on April 26 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Histories
I have "terrible Tudors" "Cut throught Celts" and the "Blitzed Brits" these books are witty and informative! Not just for kids!
Published on April 10 2000 by P. Leadbetter
5.0 out of 5 stars This made history fun!
"The Measly Middle Ages" is a really funny book! I can hardly believe it's true, after reading all those "boring history books! Read more
Published on Oct. 16 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars It really kicks ***.
The horrible histories books rule i have read almost all and think they are really funny and all my class mates think they are cool.
Published on April 26 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The Horrible side of History
Woweee!Just my luck!I DEFINETLY love History!These books are funny & horrible!My dad loves em! Before i thought the Middle Ages were bold times!I really want The Angry Aztecs!
Published on March 26 1999
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