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The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva: & Other Morsels of Misinformation from the History Books

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  10 reviews
It is said that history is written by the winners. However, the “winners” aren’t always the best historians. Enter David Haviland, to set the record straight. In his quirky, inimitable style, Haviland separates fact from fiction regarding some of history’s most well-known people and events, such as:

Lady Godiva: By far, history’s most famous nudist equestrian. But how nude...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 28th 2012 by Jeremy P. Thatcher (first published June 14th 2012)
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Jessica at Book Sake
ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

I admit, the tale featured in the title is what drew my interest to this book originally. Then I read the quotes and the different section titles like “cruel chronicles” and notable nomenclature”. While some of the entries clear up misconceptions about historical “facts”, such as the one about Lady Godiva, others are purely historical tidbits that maybe (probably) you didn’t know.

I am not a connoisseur of history books, but I had heard of most of the people...more
Richard Martin
This is a compendium of "morsels of misinformation from the history books" written by David Haviland. The majority are British in nature, but other countries are also represented. Preceded by a relevant quote, events are presented in titled categories a few of which are alliterative. For example: "Bygone Blunders" (China's Great Leap Forward), "Cruel Chronicles" (the Blood Princess), and "Spiritual Stumbles" (various crusades). Written in an easy-to-read conversational manner, one will find this...more
I really enjoyed this book, filled with interesting anectdotes from British History (with a sprinkling of things from other countries). David Haviland took a few well-known tall-tales and brought them down to the dusty truths of history. Lady Godiva seems to be a hot-topic lately, which I why I assume he chose her name for his cover story even though the essay featuring her story is pretty far in and just as short as the rest. Haviland's writing style is interesting and entertaining, and the org...more
J.J. Lair
The title makes a person think this is some tawdry tabloid type book that was rushed out to make money. The book isn’t like that. Lady Godiva, or the person they believed to be Lady Godiva was actually a respected political person not horny housewife. Recent stories have been printed about Queen Victoria being a prude later in life, but a fun loving girl in her younger years.
There are many stories about the ill-effects of in-breeding among royals. Mental illness or physical ailments plagued man...more
A fast read with a few interesting tidbits, a few uninteresting tidbits, and a few things you likely already know. The general gist seems to be stay away from the catholic church and royalty because they are seriously messed up.
Brit-centric. It feels like reading a tabloid. Did not come with citation and references. A light read.
I enjoyed this book. the point essays. A lot of good history stuff here. Henry II, Richard the Lionheart, John "Softsword", as well as many other entertaining and informative stories. Well done.
Jean-Paul Adriaansen
Nice small informational book with lots of historical tidbits. It is easy to read and will offer a lot of fun for Trivia lovers.
4.5 stars - this book was fun, easy-to-read trivia about history. I really enjoyed it!
Pity there isn't a "stopped reading" choice.
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