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A quaint and cute tourist town, Shakespeare's Stratford was far from pleasant and the author reveals the civil war struggles and brutal beheadings that made its history so horrible. This book explores the horrible highlights of the town using the frightful fold-out map, including spooky Sheep Street, home of an awful axeman, and more.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 24th 2006 by Scholastic
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Rachael Hewison
Aug 05, 2015 Rachael Hewison rated it really liked it
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I've read the vast majority of Horrible Histories but it was only when I was in a charity shop checking to see if there was any that I had missed that I came across this one. I wasn't aware that there was a collection of town related ones.

I thought the town theme worked well, although it doesn't centre on Stratford entirely, it includes its surrounding areas. The selection of stories Deary put together is fantastic and varied and there weren't as many references to Shakespeare as I thought there
Dec 06, 2010 Belinda rated it really liked it
I've always loved Terry Deary's Horrible Histories. They're partly the reason why I'm a history major and history teacher today. Although it's filled with corny jokes and aimed at early to mid teens, the tone is never condescending, instead at times it takes readers by the hand and invites them to believe in ghosts, folk tales and spooky stories. Even well outside the target age group, I really enjoy Horrible Histories.

Stratford-Upon-Avon is, naturally, the history of a place rather than a time
Mike Jensen
Oct 07, 2009 Mike Jensen rated it liked it
Since this series of books is fixated on the unsavory, Deary recounts tales of murder, execution, misfortune, ghosts, plague, and really indulges himself the waste disposal habits in Shakespeare’s time in a sequence that Shakespeare also hosts (79-86). Shakespeare turns up in two other sequences where he does not really fit as a kind of informal host. The book includes a lot of Shakespeare’s life in and out of Stratford, plus the oft’ told historical stories that more relate the history of Shake ...more
Ethel the Read It
This book is excellent for getting your kids interested in history, not only is it put across in a way that engages them, it is far more factual than a lot of history books for adults. It doesn't gloss over or romanticise the dark parts in our history, but nor does it go over bored on the gruesome, but what I like the most is that if something is unknown for certain the author states that, rather than trying to make his theory fit the facts like some researchers do.
My 8 year old nephew loved th
Arthur Coles
May 07, 2014 Arthur Coles rated it it was amazing
I liked the ghosts, it was very spooky :)
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 Catherine Woodman rated it liked it
Horrible Histories is a series of illustrated books published in the UK by Scholastic. They are designed to get children interested in history by concentrating on the trivial, unusual, gory, or unpleasant. They are exceptionally well loved by my history loving children
Emma Coleman
Dec 02, 2013 Emma Coleman rated it it was ok
I enjoyed reading this before visiting Stratford- upon -Avon to get an insight about the place but, I think I lot of the book is fiction to make it appear a great read. when I visited I some of the information in the book didnt match up with my visit to the town.
Dec 16, 2012 Hannah rated it liked it
A fun and entertaining read. A very enjoyable way to learn about this topic.
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A former actor, theatre-director and drama teacher, Deary says he began writing when he was 29. Most famously, he is one of the authors of the Horrible Histories series of books popular among children for their disgusting details, gory information and humorous pictures and among adults for getting children interested in history. Books in the series have been widely translated into other languages ...more
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