About Horrible Histories

Is history supposed to be exciting? For most of us who remember our school days, the answer here is a resounding 'no!' While we are in school, history largely consists of dull retellings of the same old stories to a captive audience who couldn't care less. We know, we know civilisations rose and fell, wars were fought, Brittan triumphed, and so on and so forth. To most sane people, the mere thought of a history lesson is enough to make us cringe if not fall into a deep sleep. But with the wildly-popular book series 'Horrible Histories', authors Terry Deary, Peter Hepplewhite, and Neil Tonge turn this notion on its head. First published in 1993, the concept behind this 60-book series on everything from 'Angry Aztecs' to 'Blitzed Brits' is to rip the bandage off famous historical happenings to make them captivating and even a bit subversive. The primary goal of this series is to entertain; the fact that education on some of the most important moments in humanity take place as well is merely a bonus. As a brand that includes an award-winning 2009 BBC television show, special editions, and a web community, 'Horrible Histories' is a resounding success. Though some of its subversive and tongue-in-cheek tone has been criticised by some groups, the series is largely credited with reinvigorating a love of history and reading for fun amongst school children. The 'Horrible Histories' series has even been translated into 30 languages to extend the excitement around the world. So, the next time you feel the need to re-educate yourself on our illustrious past, rather than watch yet another boring documentary or read another dull text on war, consider the excitement of 'Cutthroat Celts' and 'Vile Victorians' and eagerly discover what really happened.

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