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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:

    Horrible Histories Specials
    Horrible Histories Gruesome Guides
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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 Tud... 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

    (4 reviews)
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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 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 8
    Book 8

    Slimy Stuarts

    Refreshed, renewed, reloaded! Readers can discover all the foul facts about the 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 foul facts about the Frightful First World War are ready to unco... More

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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... More

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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... More

    (8 reviews)
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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

    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 ... 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 about the 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 ... 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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    Book 56
    Book 56

    The Secret Diary of Henry VIII

    Brand new from the bestselling team behind Horrible Histories! It's time to delve into the totall... More

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    Book 57
    Book 57

    The Horrible Histories British Citizen's Quiz Book

    The first Horrible Histories book for adults! Set yourself your own (entirely unofficial) citizenship test... More

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    Book 58
    Book 58

    Gruesome Guide to York

    A stunning new edition of this gory city guide with all the gruesome bits left in! HORRIBLE HISTOR... More

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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... More

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    Book 60
    Book 60

    Gruesome Guide to Oxford

    A stunning new edition of this gory city guide with all the gruesome bits left in! HORRIBLE HISTOR... More

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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... More

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    Book 61
    Book 61

    Vicious Vikings

    Discover all the foul facts about these famous invaders in history's most horrible headlines: Vicious Viki... More

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    Book 62
    Book 62

    Measly Middle Ages (newspaper edition)

    Discover all the foul facts about the Measly Middle Ages with history's most horrible headlines. ... More

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    Book 63
    Book 63

    Awful Egyptians

    Discover all the foul facts about the Awful Egyptians with history's most horrible headlines. A... More

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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... More

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    Book 65
    Book 65

    The Secret Diary of Queen Victoria

    Brand new from the bestselling team behind Horrible Histories! It's time to delve into the totall... More

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    Book 66
    Book 66

    Blitzed Brits

    Discover all the foul facts life at home during the Second World War with history's most horrible headline... More

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    Book 67
    Book 67

    Horribly Hilarious Joke Book

    The Horribly Hilarious Joke Book, from the Horrible Histories team is full of hundreds of horribly ... More

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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 hist... More

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    Book 69
    Book 69

    The Secret Diary of Boudica

    Brand new from the bestselling team behind Horrible Histories! It's time to delve into the totall... More

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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. ... More

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    Book 71
    Book 71

    Groovy Greeks (newspaper edition)

    Discover all the foul facts about the Groovy Greeks with history's most horrible headlines. All the foul fac... More

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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 hea... More

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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: Lon... More

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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 headlin... 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 25
    Book 25

    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 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... More

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    Book 146
    Book 146

    Horrible Science Annual 2011

    Crammed full of comic strips, features, activities and games, this title is the annual with the squishy bits left in.... More

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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? ... More

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    Book 150
    Book 150

    Up in the Air

    High-interest, lower ability resource for KS2-3. Designed to provide high-interest books for lower level readers aged 6 ... More

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    Book 151
    Book 151

    Horrible Histories: Savage Stone Age: Sticker Book

    Get stick into the putrid picture puzzles and wicked word games, all crammed full of foul facts! Want to: be a knight-in... More

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