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The Measly Middle Ages [Paperback]

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

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March 1 1998 Horrible History
"The Measly Middle Ages" portrays life as it really was in the days when knights were bold and the peasants were revolting.

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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. " --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Measly Middle Ages Dec 14 2007
By Tami Brady HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars "Reduced Shakespeare Company" Does History Feb. 23 2004
Format:Paperback
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 A replacement for Harry Potter Jan. 8 2003
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great teaching tool Dec 11 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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. One of them paid it the highest compliment a 13 year old can, he kept it! Now I'm ordering two more and will keep a closer eye this set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great teaching tool Dec 11 2002
Format:Paperback
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. One of them paid it the highest compliment a 13 year old can, he kept it! Now I'm ordering two more and will keep a closer eye this set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These books got me hooked on History Oct. 24 2002
Format:Paperback
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. 27 2001
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars a great book!!! April 27 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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.It is the best history book i ever read and makes you want to read!!!
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