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Terrible Tudors Book and Playing Cards Pack Paperback – Mar 21 2003

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Guts, gore, and weird facts -- perfect for an eight-year-old Feb. 3 2013
By Catherine Butzen - Published on
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No, that headline wasn't sarcasm. I spent years as my neighborhood's go-to babysitter, and after hundreds of nights watching kids, I honestly believe that Terry Deary is using the correct approach in his Horrible Histories books. Kids are often a little more mature, and a lot more bloody-minded, than we give them credit for.

The Terrible Tudors approach, as with any Horrible Histories book, can be summed up as follows. 1) School is boring. 2) Teachers don't teach you any of the cool stuff that would actually make you care about the period. 3) Teachers are, in fact, out to get you. A little heavy-handed, but I've known a lot of eight-year-olds who were very firm on points one and three, and after encountering something like Terrible Tudors would be more than willing to concede point two.

This slim volume contains information on Tudor history, sports, games, medicine, food, religion, and royalty, interspersed generously with cartoons illustrating or commentating on the text. Generous attention is, of course, given to the gross and weird stuff: by opening the book at random I discovered that Henry VII ordered all mastiffs in England to be killed, people believed that witches could turn themselves into butterflies, plague sores might be treated by placing a newly-dead pigeon on them, and that Tudor football (soccer, as we uncultured Yanks call it) had no referees, no rules, and might end with a full-scale village-wide brawl. That kind of stuff tends to stick in your mind.

Terrible Tudors lost a star, though, for raking out the old Oxfordian theory and putting Kit Marlowe in the "did this guy actually write Shakespeare's plays?" role. It never actually says he did, but to be honest, I don't think it belonged in the book; the Oxfordian theory is less an interesting fact and more a "here's the weird stuff people might say about what might've happened but probably didn't," which is a little tenuous.

Overall, though, Terrible Tudors is an excellent example of what Horrible Histories is all about: strange, gross, cool stuff to catch kids' attention and imagination, and bring the past to life in a way a lot of school texts just don't. Definite recommendation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous series!! Nov. 6 2010
By Diane Lanier - Published on
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My daughter devours all of the terrible histories. They make history fun!! I've tried to get my daughter's history teacher interested in using the terrible history series in class--so far, no luck! Any book in the series is a gem!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review - Published on
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I love this book!! It is funny and teaches me more than the Eyewitness Tudor book did!! I also like the sequel, Even more terrible tudors!!!
Terribly good June 3 2013
By Andreea - Published on
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This book shows us that history can be presented in an interactive way - with questions and facts that make you think - and also in a funny way, because many things our ancestors did seem very curious to us today. A peculiar example is the fact that Queen Elisabeth I bathed only 4 times a year and she was even 'cleaner' than King Luis XIV, who bathed only 3 times a year,
The book has also groase stuff, but hey, this is much true and plausible than what I learned at school. Actually, it was less groase than I thought, because I watched the series before and the peculiarities became stuck in my brain.
Even if this is a children's book, it has very interesting information not found in the history books. I read about the two hypothesis regarding Christopher Marlowe, and who knows, maybe he is the true genius behind the Shakespearean masterpieces.
awesome i love it Jan. 11 2013
By furrykinslala - Published on
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its so good and i get heaps of infomation out of it i would defently buy more
sooooo good and amazing