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The Short and Bloody History of Knights, Spies, and Pirates

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  90 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Admit it. You fantasize about donning a suit of armor and jousting in the lists, stealing secret information behind enemy lines, scaling a ship's rigging with a knife clenched in your teeth. Who doesn't? The Short and Bloody History of Knights, Spies, and Pirates puts you right into the action with fascinating facts, surprising stories, and close encounters with real life ...more
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Barnes & Noble
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Elizabeth Plav
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this a while back and am re-reading it, but it's the BEST ever Barnes and Noble bargain book I've bought.
Short and sweet, funny and entertaining AND informative. Written for kids but just as delightful for a 20-something casual history buff/lover! Enjoy it. I highly recommend it!
Elizabeth
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is short, fun and quirky all at the same time. It's a pretty quick read, and even though the facts aren't very very detailed, it still gives you good information, and it puts it in a way that makes you want to keep reading. My favorite part was the pirates part, because it busted some of the stereotypes that have been put on pirates, including the rum and the girls. First, there was absolutely no girls allowed on the ship. If you were caught with a girl on deck you would get a severe p ...more
Davis
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
The writing style was a bit too colloquial for my tastes, but it was still a good read. The best parts were the detailing of individual's lives, especially the sections on women spies and pirates. The facts all seemed accurate, but who am I to know if they were or not. This would be a fun read for any kid looking to know more than the popular depictions, and will hopefully inspire them to learn more about the stories that stick in their head for days after.
Mariah
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
These hilarious chapters make history fascinating. This book presents well-researched facts in a voice that appeals to a 12-year old. While I personally love this book, and will re-read parts of it just for fun, I have not been so successful getting kids to read it...
CBishop
This was originally 3 separate books, but are here combined into one volume. Another group of short histories. I like these kinds of things, because they give you a good overview of history, and they make me interested in history the way my favorite history teacher did.
Kurt
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Clever and entertaining, with a delightfully mischievous tone. Not all that thorough, but it doesn't claim to be.
John
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
the SPY part actually taught me something!?
Elizabeth C.
Interesting tidbits scattered throughout.
Tony Laplume
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lively and brief. I've been trying to figure out why Farman included spies in this survey, but at least the material fits as written.
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John Farman attended Harrow Art School followed by the Royal College of Art. After completing his Masters degree he worked in the advertising industry until his departure to become a full-time writer and illustrator. He is the author of several children's books, including The Very Bloody History of Britain (without the boring bits), The Very Bloody History of London, C.R.A.P. (A Collection of Rott ...more
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