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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Book of Kings, Queens, Emperors and Wart nosed Commoners

History is the written version of our past, which hopefully contains more truth than not- says the author. But whatever it is, whether it is true or false, it sure makes for an interesting reading. And if you care to snuggle them in some corner of your mind you could even spill those pearls of wisdom out at appropriate moments and make an impression on the listener.

It is an A3 size, 350 plus number of pages book written in a comical format, which makes it all the more interesting. In fact I flipped through most of the facts in one sitting.

So do you know how the Danish Prince William discovered he has become King?

Who introduced Golf & Horse Racing to England?

How did Nero manage to get his half brother murdered?

What happens when a non-native fish is brought to a land? How does the equilibrium get disturbed and therefore why was the catch and eat program introduced in Japan?

Whose famous words were- (I am in) no danger, for no man would take away my life to make you king of England!

Whose said _ let them eat cake!

And more such tales from ancient kings and queens. A treasure trove indeed.

Title- Philip Ardagh's Book of Kings, Queens, Emperors and Rotten Wart-Nosed Commoners

Author- Philip Ardagh

Publisher- Macmillan Children's Book

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