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The Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories)

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Terry Deary's take on Celtic history, nude fighting, human head collection, laughing at funerals, suffering Saints and Dreadful Druids.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 18th 1997 by Scholastic Hippo (first published 1997)
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The series is quite good for getting children interested in history, but this is one of the weakest volumes. Understandably so, since most of what is known about the Celts comes from Roman accounts.

The Cut-Throat Celts is a non-fictional book about Celtic life, religion, and war. It tells us about everything from Druids to Rome's invasions. It is very fun to read, but the author, Terry Deary makes the people in it look less realistic, unlike a history book. However, in some ways, The Cut-Throat Celts is a well taught history lesson because of the little quizzes in the middle and end of the book. The Cut-Throat Celts is a thoughtful, funny way of describing history. It engages readers and
The cut-throat Celts in the horrible history collection is one of my favourite books in the series. A great access point for anyone who loves or even hates history, the vivid descriptions of the sights, smells and even the tastes draws a young reader in.

The language isn't particularly challenging but the books are longer than your average primary school book, so requires some determination. Although with the great way it is written the pages fly past. Also the chapter titles allow you to skip to
Colm O'brien
This is a gruesome and gory account of the Celtic clans that dominated much of Europe before the rise of the Roman Empire. It is suitable for children from the ages of 9-12. Within the first few lines, I was hooked and wanted to read to the end. I found it really witty but also very factual. A great, very enjoyable way to learn history. It is a fantastic way for children to realise that learning can be fun and it really brings the Celtic world to life. Terry Deary continues to make history acces ...more
Catherine Woodman
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
I was always fascinated by history as a kid, and so the Horrible Histories series held me enchanted for a good half-decade. In particular, I loved the Vicious Vikings and the Rotten Romans, but the Celts were interesting too, mainly because of the druids.

Considering Deary had the unenviable task of teaching me about Celts when I'd rather be learning about Thor and Valkyries, he pulled a blinder - I'm pretty sure I could read a Horrible Histories book about the history of agriculture and find it
It was a hard life beeing a Celt, dodging the Druids and running from the Romans.
The Romans were horrible historians who tried to give the Celts a bad name. But for 1500 years every other historian has repeated the same "facts". The trouble with the Celts is they didn't bother to write much. So a lot of the things we hear about them were written by their enemies - people like the Romans. Would you trust your enemy to write things about you?
Die "Horrible Histories" sind eine erfolgreiche englisch
Interesante propuesta que pretende acercar la historia a los más jóvenes. Para ello, nos cuenta las partes más escabrosas y llamativas de las etapas anteriores. En este caso, mucho de lo referido depende de crónicas romanas de dudosa credibilidad. Pero aún así el libro invita a profundizar en el estudio de la cultura celta de forma divertida y amena. Echo en falta más iniciativas de este tipo en castellano.
Jul 15, 2008 Graham added it
Hilarious!: I had never heard of the "Horrible Histories" series until I picked this book up in a souvenir shop while on holiday in Scotland. Always having an interest in Celtic history, I was eager to read it. Within the first few lines, I was hooked and wanted to read to the end. I found it really witty but also very factual. A great, very enjoyable way to learn history. I have read it several times now and it still cracks me up! I was delighted to discover that it was part of a series and I a ...more
Not as interesting as the other books
There is really no better way to get kids interested in history than by giving them a Terry Deary Horrible Histories! I loved these books as a kid and I love to collect them now. Deary's take on history is hilarious and interesting. It may not all be true but you definitely learn something!
If you're not a fan of reading history books intended for adults, then the Horrible Histories series is the perfect way to learn. It has a great sense of humor and keeps history entertaining. I discovered this series at the British Museum in London and have been addicted ever since!
Diogo Silva
A awesome way to learn history, with a lot of laughs! I had no idea how they did some of the things they did and who they truly where, and its cool to see that in some ways, we are not that different (except about the sacrifices!).
I think this book would be a very interesting book for students who love history. It talks about ancient curses, traditions, sacrifices, etc. I particularly love the part where the author writes about ancient secret messages!
OMG! I loved these books! I had all of them from scholastic book orders when I was younger. They are a perfect way to get kids to learn some history. Fun and informative at the same time!
Matthew Trelc
this was a very good book besides that there was some really gross things in it, but that is because it is celt life.
other than that i learned alot about celts.
Awesome, I totally love the horrible histories series. They are educational in a fun way, I totally love it! When I go to the library I'll go and borrow another one.
I actually knew more than I thought I did about this subject. The interesting fact that stood out to me was how the Picts got their name.
Llama's rule (not Aaron Francis)
Sep 13, 2007 Llama's rule (not Aaron Francis) rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children who get scared esaly
This book was kind of good because it gets the books meaning across in a fun way but apart from that the books very BORING!!!!!
A really interesting book. I learnt a lot about the Celts and their customs that I didn't know before.
Who said that history can't be fun?? All the stuff that little kids need to know about druids and Celts.
Ben Trelc
Good book,it had crude comics but also some funny ones.I learned alot,it was a very fun read.
Thing Thing
Funnily educative, history should as interesting as this back in school.
Sian Lile-Pastore
am trying to learn about the celts by tomorrow....
....and i did learn stuff!
A fun and entertaining read. A very enjoyable way to learn about this topic.
Rose Dawson
Děsivé dějiny - zajímavá a vtipná knížka v 1.Celou sérii jsem si zamilovala. ;)
Lilli C.
Loved all the learning. A little bit gory, but can you spell C-O-O-L!
Mackenzie Wight
read this in england and it was very good!
not very funny but pretty intresting
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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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