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Horrible Histories

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    Think history is boring? Think again. It is disgusting, bloodthirsty, gory, silly and downright nasty and the Horrible Histories books will prove it. This series of non-fiction books teaches history “with the nasty bits left in”. No fact is too foul, no battle too vicious and no blunder too ludicrous for these books and that is exactly why children love them. And they’re not the only ones: teachers, parents and librarians are fans too and as a result they have expanded to a hugely successful, BAFTA award-winning TV series on CBBC not to mention to games, stage shows, activity books and more.
     
    The author, Terry Deary, has written more than 60 Horrible History books since 1993 and describes the series as “a new genre” – fact books with jokes. The funny and gruesome facts mean children learn about history without even realising it. The mix of comic strips, illustrations, quizzes, recipes and more make them easy to dip in and out of which is probably why they are highly recommended for usually reluctant readers.
     
    Children enjoy Horrible Histories from aged 7 upwards, although younger readers will need a strong stomach as none of the grisly details are spared. The books do link back to topics covered in school in Key Stages 2 and 3, but they will delight any child (or adult) with a silly sense of humour and a love of the revolting and bloodthirsty.
     
    With so many books, and practically every period in history covered, it can be hard to figure out where to start, so check out our list of the full series below. We love the classics Terrifying Tudors or Vile Victorians or spark an interest in ancient history with Groovy Greeks or Angry Aztecs. Horrible Histories can bring holidays and days out to life and are guaranteed to keep giggling kids glued to their book.

    All the Horrible Histories books in order:-

    Measly Middle Ages (1990)
    Terrible Tudors (1993)
    Awesome Egyptians (1994)
    Rotten Romans (1994)
    Vicious Vikings (1994)
    Vile Victorians (1994)
    Groovy Greeks (1995)
    Slimy Stuarts (1996)
    Angry Aztecs (1997)
    Awful Egyptians (1997)
    Cut-Throat Celts (1997)
    Frightful First World War (1998)
    Gorgeous Georgians (1998)
    Terrifying Tudors (1998)
    Savage Stone Age (1999)
    Woeful Second World War (1999)
    Horrible Christmas (2000)
    Incredible Incas (2000)
    Smashing Saxons (2000)
    Stormin’ Normans (2001)
    Barmy British Empire (2002)
    Ruthless Romans (2003)
    Villainous Victorians (2004)
    Horrible History of the World (2003)
    Blitz (2010)
    Horrible History of Britain and Ireland (2012)
    Deadly Days in History (2013)

    For even more Horrible Histories fun, check out:

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    Book 1
    Book 1

    Measly Middle Ages

    Travel back into the measly Middle Ages, where the world was full of wild women, mad monks, naughty knights and cr... More

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    Book 2
    Book 2

    Terrible Tudors

    Refreshed, renewed, reloaded! Readers can discover all the foul facts about the TERRIBLE TUDORS, inclu... More

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    Book 3
    Book 3

    The Awesome Egyptians

    Step back to an awesomely ancient time with the Awesome Egyptians. Discover which king had the worst blackheads, w... More

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    Book 4
    Book 4

    Rotten Romans

    A new series of Horrible Histories sticker activity books, crammed with quick quizzes, foul facts and putrid pictu... More

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    Book 5
    Book 5

    Vicious Vikings

    Sail back to a vicious time with fearsome seafaring Viking warriors with big boats, big shields and enormous ginge... More

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    Book 6
    Book 6

    Vile Victorians

    They may have looked all prim and proper, but the Victorians were a jolly naughty bunch who could be vicious and v... More

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    Book 7
    Book 7

    Groovy Greeks

    Refreshed, renewed, reloaded! All the mosthorrible facts about the Groovy Greeks ready for readers to ... More

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    Book 8
    Book 8

    Slimy Stuarts

    Refreshed, renewed, reloaded! Readers can discover all the foul facts aboutthe SLIMY STUARTS, including ... More

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    Book 9
    Book 9

    The Angry Aztecs

    Readers can discover all the foul facts about the Angry Aztecs, including why the Aztecs liked to eat scum, when t... More

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    Book 10
    Book 10

    Awful Egyptians

    Step back to an awfully ancient time when pharaohs were phoul, servants suffered and everyone believed in an awesome aft... More

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    Book 11
    Book 11

    Horrible Histories: Cut-Throat Celts

    Readers can discover all the foul facts about the Cut-throat Celts, including why weird Celt warriors fought with no clo... More

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    Book 12
    Book 12

    Frightful First World War

    Refreshed, renewed, reloaded! All the foulfacts about the Frightful First World War are ready to uncov... More

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    Book 13
    Book 13

    Georgeous Georgians

    Learn all about the Gorgeous Georgians with all the nasty bits left in. You probably thought that Georgians just spent t... More

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    Book 14
    Book 14

    Terrifying Tudors

    Refreshed, renewed, reloaded! All the foulfacts about the TERRIFYING TUDORS are ready to uncover, inc... More

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    Book 15
    Book 15

    Savage Stone Age

    Readers can discover all the facts about the SAVAGE STONE AGE such as what they used instead of toilet paper, why ... More

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    Book 16
    Book 16

    The Woeful Second World War

    If you ever hear old folk moaning on about the world today, just remind them how woeful things were in the Second World ... More

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    Book 17
    Book 17

    Horrible Christmas

    This work features all the festive facts you ever wanted to find out but were too stuffed full of mince pies to ask. Fin... More

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    Book 18
    Book 18

    The Incredible Incas

    Learn all about the incredible Incas, with all the nasty bits left in. Find out the horrible truth, like how a buc... More

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    Book 19
    Book 19

    Horrible Histories: Smashing Saxons

    Readers can discover all the foul facts about the SMASHING SAXONS, including who got cow pats as Christmas presents, why... More

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    Book 20
    Book 20

    Stormin' Normans

    Readers can discover all the foul facts about the Stormin' Normans, including why Norman knights slept with a doll... More

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    Book 21
    Book 21

    Barmy British Empire

    Readers can discover all the foul facts about the Barmy British Empire, including how a war started when a Brit wa... More

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    Book 22
    Book 22

    Ruthless Romans

    Refreshed, renewed, reloaded! Readers can discover all the foul facts aboutthe Ruthless Romans, including: ... More

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    Book 23
    Book 23

    Villainous Victorians

    Readers can discover all the foul facts about the Villainous Victorians, including why burglars were scared of bog... More

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    Book 24
    Book 24

    Horrible History of the World

    The Horrible History of the World presents the foul but fascinating story of humans from brain-nibbling Nean... More

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    Book 25
    Book 25

    Blitz

    "Horrible Histories" fans can discover if they could have survived the Blitz in this latest colour companion. From the p... More

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    Book 26
    Book 26

    Horrible History of Britain and Ireland

    Another lavish production for Xmas - this time the Wicked History of Britain in full colour. Re-using material fro... More

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    Book 27
    Book 27

    Deadly Days in History

    Deadly Days in History is the most horrible Horrible Histories book yet. Terry Deary and Martin Brown take you on ... More

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    Horrible Histories: Beastly Best Bits

    In THE BEASTLY BEST BITS Terry Deary and Martin Brown take you on a guided tour through the history of the world using t... More

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    Awesome Activity Book

    "The Awesome Activity Book" is stuffed with killer quizzes, gruesome games and amazing mazes to bring the awful Egyptian... More

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    Big Fat Christmas Book

    The Big Fat Christmas Book is full of festive things that go bump in the night - the perfect read on a cold winter... More

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    Book 19
    Book 19

    Who's Horrible in History

    Fifty foul people from history - personally selected by His Dearyness for their beastly behaviour. Split into ten sectio... More

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    Top 50 Villains

    TOP 50 VILLAINS is packed full of foul facts and loathsome lists all about vile villains. From gangs of gangsters ... More

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    Top 50 Kings and Queens

    Top 50 Kings and Queens is packed full of foul facts and loathsome lists all about our ruthless rulers. Filled with bran... More

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    Top 50 Kings and Queens

    Top 50 Kings and Queens is packed full of foul facts and loathsome lists all about our ruthless rulers. Filled wit... More

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    Horribly Hilarious Joke Book

    After fifteen fearsome years on the page, "Horrible Histories" are now on the small screen - with all the nasty bits int... More

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    Loathsome London

    From early Roman Londinium to the blasting by the Blitz, Terry Deary presents the nasty bits of London's glorious - and ... More

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    Book 128
    Book 128

    Horrible Histories: Cruel Crime and Painful Punishment

    Cruel Crime and Painful Punishment is crammed full of 7,000 yearsof law-makers and law-breakers with a rogue's gallery o... More

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    Book 144
    Book 144

    All at Sea

    Discover all the foul facts behind the story of Britain and Ireland's seafaring heritage. From the early ex... More

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    Smashing Saxons and Stormin' Normans

    History with twice the nasty bits ...in a horrible new edition! The Smashing Saxons tells the terrible truth about the p... More

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    Horrible Histories: Blood-Curdling Box

    This work features all the foul favourites from the "Horrible Histories" series presented in a blood-curdling box with f... More

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    Horrible Histories Annual

    The Horrible Histories Annual 2016 is a must-have for all Horrible Histories fans. Packed with foul facts, gory games, d... More

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    This is a Horrible Journal

    Record your own Horrible History in this brilliantly foul fact-packed diary. Maybe... Charles I got the chop... More

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    Book 93
    Book 93

    This is a Horrible Book of Foul Facts

    This is a Horrible Book of Foul Facts serves up all the dreadful details of horrible history you'll ever need to k... More

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    This is a Horrible Colouring Book

    History can be horrible - especially when you get into the grisly details. And this colouring book is no different... More

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    Gruesome Great Houses

    Discover all the foul facts about fifty gruesome great houses in this brand new Horrible Histories book. Fr... More

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    Horrible Histories 25th Anniversary Yearbook

    Where can you find all the horrible people from history in one place? In Horrible Histories 25th Anniversary Yearb... More

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    Grisly Quiz Book and Gruesome Games

    A Horrible Histories gift set compromising a Grisly Quiz Book, packed full of foul facts and awesome activities, plus ev... More

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    Horribly Huge Press-out-and-build Book

    Based on the much-admired spider make-and-do from the Horrible Science Ugly Bugs book, this board book contains 5 press-... More

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    Rome - A High-speed History

    The long and complicated story of ancient Rome is told as never before - without being long or complicated! 10 comic-str... More

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    Tudors: A High-Speed History

    This title features brand new hilarious romps through all the horrible highlights in history. Ten comic-strip capers del... More

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    Horrible Histories: Beastly Best Bits

    In THE BEASTLY BEST BITS Terry Deary and Martin Brown take you on a guided tour through the history of the world using t... More

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