Why Was Queen Victoria Such a Prude? …and other historical myths and follies by David Haviland

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Original Title: Why Was Queen Victoria Such A Prude? and other historical myths an follies

Year Published: 2012

Published by: Thistle Publishing 

Number of Pages: 228

First Sentence: What was the most disastrous kidnapping in history?

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

“What is history, but a set of lies agreed upon?” – Napoleon Bonaparte

At 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!

My thoughts:

For a history nerd, this book was so much fun. Humans are freaking weird and there are events and happenings throughout our history that are really weird and so much fun to read about. If you find that reading about history can be boring but still are interested in history then this book is pretty much perfect for you. You will laugh out loud whilst you learn something new. And I do believe that most of the things in this book are true. I wouldn’t say that you should use this book when writing an important essay about history, but repeating what you learn from it in conversation with others is totally OK and you won’t lie to them.

There were some things in this book that I already knew, but I definitely learnt something new and had so much fun doing it. It is easy to read, most facts are shorter than one page (on a Kindle) and therefore don’t take too long to read. It means that you never get bored whilst reading these facts, something that usually happens when reading a history book.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.

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