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Oxford (Horrible Histories Gruesome Guides)

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Terry Deary dispels the image of dreaming spires and reveals the horrendous happenings that have shaped the city. With tales of burning bishops and blood-soaked streets, plus foul facts about student scraps and Civil-War strife, Oxford's history is truly horrible.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Scholastic (first published February 5th 2007)
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Jillian Kern
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! Great for all ages! Seriously, please buy this for your Oxford student. I wish I'd had it when I moved here from America in October 2016. Instead, I've just found it two days before I fly home. It was funny and I know so many fun facts now that I'd wish I'd known as I was exploring the city.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was in Oxford in 2009, and of course I didn't know much about the city. I wonder what I would have felt if I had read this book before that trip. Well, I might have roamed the streets looking for all these horrible bits of the past...
Anyway, this is again a great book from the Horrible Histories series. After reading this, I can make more connections between Oxford and the British history. It is no longer just a city of dreaming spires that a lot of tourists visit day in and day out because of
Dans une cité médiévale comme Oxford, facile de trouver tout un tas d'histoires de pendus, de rois déchus et de cavaliers sans tête.
Une bonne introduction à l'histoire de la ville dont j'ignorais qu'elle fut épargnée par les bombes allemandes parce qu'Hitler voulait en faire la nouvelle capitale du pays, à la suite de Charles 1er.
Dans l'approche, ce bouquin me fait penser au London Dungeon: L'histoire ludique par l'horreur! So British!

Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
Didn't really have a lot to say, tho I did learn a few things, such as the Botanic Gardens are built on 2 meters of human poo. This series does make history interesting, I suppose, especially for kids like me. I do seem to remember the London one being more interesting and substantial. Perhaps Oxford just hasn't got much history?
Kind of silly and gross, which is exactly what you'd expect. I learned some things, and found myself referencing it during a conversation, so I guess it actually has some merit besides using the word poo.
Agnes Budianto
This book tells us about the history of Oxford, but what it discuss till the end is about the negative side of Oxford, and little information about the positive ones. But I got a lot more information from reading this book.
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
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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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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