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Was Napoleon Poisoned?: And Other Unsolved Mysteries of Royal History

3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A timeless treasury of murder and mystery at the top, this text covers such enduring mysteries as Anastasia's rumoured escape, the identity of the 'Man in the Iron Mask' and the death of King Tut.
Paperback, 247 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by John Wiley & Sons
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Greg
Aug 03, 2011 Greg rated it liked it
Each chapter presents a brief vignette of a historical mystery - from ancient Egypt's King Tutankhamen through Israel's King Herod right up to Princess Diana of Wales. Some chapters are almost laughable as 30 seconds worth of thought would solve the "mystery" (urban myths and rumours do not mysteries make), but some are certainly more enlightening. As much as I have read about Lady Diana Spencer and the deluge of information surrounding her tragic death, there were bits and pieces in that chapte ...more
Denise
Apr 16, 2015 Denise rated it liked it
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An entertaining look at a number of historical mysteries related to royalty through the ages, from Ancient Egypt all the way to the death of Princess Diana. While the author doesn't offer any new information on any of the cases he discusses, the book offers a good introduction to each of its subjects. Fun for armchair historians, serious scholars are better off elsewhere.
Cindy Brown Ash
Sep 16, 2011 Cindy Brown Ash rated it it was ok
Readable and entertaining, but full of casual errors (not sustained, but more in the vein of egregious editing errors). This is better for readers who want to dip their toes in a little history and be directed to fuller accounts of the periods/people in question. For someone who has read most of the works cited, as I have, this was kind of boring and the editing errors very aggravating.
Luna
Jul 24, 2008 Luna rated it liked it
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The information was given quite well, and the book was well written. I was, however, a bit disappointed that they don't really give any answers. While the author does give all information available, the title led me to believe that perhaps there might be more insight to be found in many of the cases looked at.
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Oct 30, 2013 Luv_trinity rated it it was amazing
This book is a fun and easy read. Very intriguing ,and interesting. I found I couldn't put it down without picking it up again. Each chapter have you thinking could that have happen? I found the book to be very enjoyable
Lucy
Aug 09, 2011 Lucy rated it did not like it
So dumbed-down I thought it must have been written for teenagers Scholarship was shaky and the tone can be unbearably arch.
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