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For much of history and across most of the world, being born out of wedlock—a love child, a bastard—was a serious impediment to success. Illegitimate offspring were subject to neglect, abandonment, disinheritance, and social exclusion, and often found the usual routes to education, wealth, and status blocked. Surmounting these obstacles required tremendous fortitude and ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Fair Winds Press
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Rachel Pieters
Apr 28, 2015 Rachel Pieters rated it really liked it
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I scooped this up at a used book store. It's not likely I would have found it otherwise, but I turned around and it was just staring me in the face, daring me to open it. I'm so glad I did.

An interesting collection of several of history's most famous illegitimate children, good and bad, and how their illegitimacy affected them, often their bastardy being the cause of why they rose to greatness to begin with. I had no idea some of these figures would be in here, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Eva
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Lisa
Dec 26, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
This book provides bite-size biographies of various famous figures from history, with all having a particular focus on the person's illegitimacy and how it affected their upbringing and adult life. While I had some prior knowledge of all the "bastards" presented in the book, (such as Da Vinci, Alexander Hamilton, Eva Peron, etc.), Fiorillo discusses their lives in an informal, understandable way that makes these individuals more "real" in my mind - i.e., these were people with real-life ...more
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Very interesting point of view. 15 mini bios of histoical figures, back to William the Conqueror of Normandy...A very good read.........
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Juré Fiorillo is a freelance writer specializing in history and criminology. She is the author of Great Bastards of History and the co-author of True Stories of Law & Order and True Stories of Law & Order: SVU. Juré has a master’s degree in criminal justice. She lives in New York.
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