Horrible Histories Series

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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:

Book 1: Measly Middle Ages (1990)
Book 2: Terrible Tudors (1993)
Book 3: Awesome Egyptians (1994)
Book 4: Rotten Romans (1994)
Book 5: Vicious Vikings (1994)
Book 6: Vile Victorians (1994)
Book 7: Groovy Greeks (1995)
Book 8: Slimy Stuarts (1996)
Book 9: Angry Aztecs (1997)
Book 10: Awful Egyptians (1997)
Book 11: Cut-Throat Celts (1997)
Book 12: Frightful First World War (1998)
Book 13: Gorgeous Georgians (1998)
Book 14: Terrifying Tudors (1998)
Book 15: Savage Stone Age (1999)
Book 16: Woeful Second World War (1999)
Book 17: Horrible Christmas (2000)
Book 18: Incredible Incas (2000)
Book 19: Smashing Saxons (2000)
Book 20: Stormin’ Normans (2001)
Book 21: Barmy British Empire (2002)
Book 22: Ruthless Romans (2003)
Book 23: Villainous Victorians (2004)
Book 24: Horrible History of the World (2003)
Book 25: Blitz (2010)
Book 26: Horrible History of Britain and Ireland (2012)
Book 27: Deadly Days in History (2013)

For even more Horrible Histories fun, check out:

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Horrible Histories Gruesome Guides
Horrible Histories Sticker Activity Books
Horrible Histories Collections
Horrible Histories Handbooks
Horrible Histories Gory Stories
Horrible Histories, the Movie: Rotten Romans

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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... MoreMeasly Middle Ages

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Book 2
Book 2

Terrible Tudors

Refreshed, renewed, reloaded! Readers can discover all the foul facts about the Terrible Tud... MoreTerrible Tudors

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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... MoreThe Awesome Egyptians

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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... MoreRotten Romans

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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... MoreVile Victorians

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Book 8
Book 8

Slimy Stuarts

Refreshed, renewed, reloaded! Readers can discover all the foul facts about the SLIMY STUARTS, including ... MoreSlimy Stuarts

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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... MoreThe Angry Aztecs

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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... MoreAwful Egyptians

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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... MoreHorrible Histories: Cut-Throat Celts

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Book 13
Book 13

Gorgeous Georgians (Horrible Histories)

Learn all about the Gorgeous Georgians with all the nasty bits left in. You probably thought that Georgians just spent t... MoreGorgeous Georgians (Horrible Histories)

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Book 14
Book 14

Terrifying Tudors

Refreshed, renewed, reloaded! All the foul facts about the TERRIFYING TUDORS are ready to uncover, in... MoreTerrifying Tudors

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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 ... MoreSavage Stone Age

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Book 16
Book 16

Horrible Histories: 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 ... MoreHorrible Histories: Woeful Second World War

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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... MoreHorrible Christmas

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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... MoreThe Incredible Incas

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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... MoreHorrible Histories: Smashing Saxons

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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... MoreStormin' Normans

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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... MoreBarmy British Empire

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Book 22
Book 22

Ruthless Romans

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

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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... MoreVillainous Victorians

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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 ... MoreHorrible History of the World

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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... MoreBlitz

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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... MoreHorrible History of Britain and Ireland

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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 ... MoreDeadly Days in History

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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... MoreHorrible Histories: Beastly Best Bits

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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... MoreBig Fat Christmas Book

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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... MoreWho's Horrible in History

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Book 56
Book 56

Henry VIII's Secret Diary

  From the bestselling team behind Horrible Histories - a hilarious and equally gory spin-off series delvi... MoreHenry VIII's Secret Diary

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Book 58
Book 58

Gruesome Guide to York

  A stunning edition of this gory city guide with all the gruesome bits left in! Horrible Histories:... MoreGruesome Guide to York

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Book 59
Book 59

Gruesome Guide to Stratford-upon-Avon

  HORRIBLE HISTORIES GRUESOME GUIDES: STRATFORD-UPON-AVON takes readers on a gore-tastic tour of the stree... MoreGruesome Guide to Stratford-upon-Avon

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Book 60
Book 60

Groovy Greeks

Refreshed, renewed, reloaded! All the most horrible facts about the Groovy Greeks ready for readers to... MoreGroovy Greeks

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Book 60
Book 60

Gruesome Guide to Oxford

  A stunning edition of this gory city guide with all the gruesome bits left in! Horrible Histories:... MoreGruesome Guide to Oxford

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Book 64
Book 64

Gruesome Guides: Dublin

HORRIBLE HISTORIES GRUESOME GUIDES: DUBLIN takes his readers on a gore-tastic tour of the streets of Dublin, expos... MoreGruesome Guides: Dublin

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Book 65
Book 65

Queen Victoria's Secret Diary

  From the bestselling team behind Horrible Histories! It’s time to delve into the totally true (so... MoreQueen Victoria's Secret Diary

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Book 68
Book 68

Right On Track (newspaper edition)

  All aboard! Discover all the foul facts behind the story of trains and railways across the world with history's... MoreRight On Track (newspaper edition)

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Book 69
Book 69

Queen Boudica's Secret Diary

  From the bestselling team behind Horrible Histories! It's time to delve into the totally true (so... MoreQueen Boudica's Secret Diary

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Book 70
Book 70

Gorgeous Georgians (newspaper edition)

Discover all the foul facts about the Gorgeous Georgians with history’s most horrible headlines. The master ... MoreGorgeous Georgians (newspaper edition)

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Book 71
Book 71

Groovy Greeks (newspaper edition)

Discover all the foul facts about the history of the mythological land with history's most horrible headlines: Gre... MoreGroovy Greeks (newspaper edition)

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Book 72
Book 72

Pirates (newspaper edition)

  Discover all the foul facts about the history of swashbuckling buccaneers with history's most horrible h... MorePirates (newspaper edition)

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Book 73
Book 73

Gruesome Guides: London (newspaper edition)

  Discover all the foul facts about the history of the big smoke with history's most horrible headlines: L... MoreGruesome Guides: London (newspaper edition)

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Book 74
Book 74

Gruesome Guide to Edinburgh (newspaper edition)

Discover all the foul facts about the history of the Scottish capital with history's most horrible headlines: Edin... MoreGruesome Guide to Edinburgh (newspaper edition)

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Book 74
Book 74

Crackin' Castles

From Tintagel Castle in Cornwall to Skibo Castle in the Scottish highlands, Horrible Histories: Crackin' Castles c... MoreCrackin' Castles

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Book 75
Book 75

Savage Stone Age (newspaper edition)

  Discover all the foul facts about the Savage Stone Age with history's most horrible headlines. All... MoreSavage Stone Age (newspaper edition)

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Book 76
Book 76

Slimy Stuarts (newspaper edition)

  Discover all the foul facts about the Slimy Stuarts with history's most horrible headlines. All th... MoreSlimy Stuarts (newspaper edition)

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Book 77
Book 77

William the Conqueror's Secret Diary

  From the bestselling team behind Horrible Histories! It's time to delve into the totally true (so... MoreWilliam the Conqueror's Secret Diary

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Book 77
Book 77

Ghosts

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Book 78
Book 78

Up in the Air

  Discover all the foul facts about the history of air travel with history's most horrible headlines: in-f... MoreUp in the Air

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Book 79
Book 79

Ruthless Romans (newspaper edition)

  Discover all the foul facts about the Ruthless Romans with history's most horrible headlines. All ... MoreRuthless Romans (newspaper edition)

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Book 80
Book 80

Ghosts

  Boo! Discover all the frightful stories behind iconic ghost tales and legends from around the world with... MoreGhosts

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Book 81
Book 81

Awesome Egyptians (newspaper edition)

  Discover all the foul facts about the Awesome Egyptians with history's most horrible headlines. Al... MoreAwesome Egyptians (newspaper edition)

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Book 82
Book 82

Stormin' Normans (newspaper edition)

  Discover all the foul facts about the Stormin' Normans with history's most horrible headlines. All... MoreStormin' Normans (newspaper edition)

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Book 83
Book 83

Gruesome Guide to Stratford-upon-Avon (newspaper edition)

  Discover all the foul facts about the history of the Bard's hometown with history's most horrible headli... MoreGruesome Guide to Stratford-upon-Avon (newspaper edition)

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Book 84
Book 84

The Worst in the World

  “★★★★★ Horrible Histories is back - and better than ever. Marking 30 years... MoreThe Worst in the World

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Book 85
Book 85

On the Road

  Put the pedal to the metal! Discover all the foul facts behind the story of cars and automobiles across ... MoreOn the Road

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Book 86
Book 86

Terrible Tudors

  Discover all the cut-throat facts about the Terrible Tudors with history’s most horrible headlines: Tudo... MoreTerrible Tudors

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Book 87
Book 87

Incredible Incas (newspaper edition)

  Discover all the cut-throat facts about the Incredible Incas with history’s most horrible headlines: Inc... MoreIncredible Incas (newspaper edition)

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Book 88
Book 88

Horrible History of Britain and Ireland (newspaper edition)

  The blood-curdling history of Britain and Ireland from Terry Deary! The master of making history ... MoreHorrible History of Britain and Ireland (newspaper edition)

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Book 89
Book 89

Horrible History of the World (newspaper edition)

  Discover all the blood-curdling stories with: The Horrible History of the World. The master of ma... MoreHorrible History of the World (newspaper edition)

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Book 90
Book 90

Terrible Thames

  Keep your hands inside the boat at all times! Discover all the terrifying tales about the number one riv... MoreTerrible Thames

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Book 91
Book 91

Terrible Thames ebook

  Keep your hands inside the boat at all times! Discover all the terrifying tales about the number one riv... MoreTerrible Thames ebook

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Book 92
Book 92

Villainous Victorians

  Discover all the foul facts with history's most horrible headlines: Victorian edition. The master... MoreVillainous Victorians

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Book 93
Book 93

Angry Aztecs

  Discover all the cut-throat facts about the Angry Aztecs with history’s most horrible headlines: Aztec e... MoreAngry Aztecs

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Book 94
Book 94

Smashing Saxons (newspaper edition)

  Discover all the foul facts about the Smashing Saxons with history's most horrible headlines. All ... MoreSmashing Saxons (newspaper edition)

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Book 96
Book 96

Animals

Unleash your wild side with this amazing Animal Sticker Activity Wallet. Jam-packed with over 100 stickers, a paw-some p... MoreAnimals

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Book 97
Book 97

Oxford (Newspaper edition)

  Discover all the foul facts about one of the oldest universities in the world’s hometown with history’s ... MoreOxford (Newspaper edition)

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Book 98
Book 98

Gruesome Great Houses

  Discover all the foul facts about fifty gruesome great houses with history’s most horrible headlines: Gr... MoreGruesome Great Houses

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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... MoreTop 50 Kings and Queens

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Book 99
Book 99

Liverpool

  Discover all the foul facts about the city whose name probably translates to 'muddy-pool' with history's... MoreLiverpool

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Book 100
Book 100

HH Cardiff (newspaper edition)

  Discover all the foul facts about the capital city of the land of the red dragon with history’s most hor... MoreHH Cardiff (newspaper edition)

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Book 101
Book 101

York (newspaper edition)

  Discover all the foul facts about the city with Roman and Viking roots with history's most horrible head... MoreYork (newspaper edition)

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Book 102
Book 102

The Truly Terrible History of the Toilet-Flush with Facts

The Truly Terrible History of the Toilet is full of horrible facts about the loo. Read all about how the an... MoreThe Truly Terrible History of the Toilet-Flush with Facts

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Gruesome Great Houses

  Discover all the foul facts about fifty gruesome great houses in this addition to the Horrible Histories... MoreGruesome Great Houses

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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 ... MoreLoathsome London

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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... MoreHorrible Histories: Cruel Crime and Painful Punishment

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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 exp... MoreAll at Sea

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Book 148
Book 148

Gruesome Guides: Edinburgh

It's history with the nasty bits left in! Want to know: Whose pickled skin became a sought-after souvenir? ... MoreGruesome Guides: Edinburgh

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