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Was Napoleon Poisoned?: And Other Unsolved Mysteries of Royal History
by Peter Haugen
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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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
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.
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.
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.