Why Was Queen Victoria Such A Prude?: …and other historical myths and follies
David Haviland

Why Was Queen Victoria Such A Prude?: …and other historical myths and follies

“What is history, but a set of lies agreed upon?” – Napoleon Bonaparte

At least, we think it was him. This quote is traditionally attributed to Napoleon, but ironically it’s not really clear whether or not he ever actually said it.

As it turns out, a great many things which we think we know about history often turn out to be myths, misunderstandings, or outright fictions. For example…

• When was the Great Wall of China built?

• Who defeated the Spanish Armada?

• Did Lady Godiva really parade nude through Coventry?

• Who was the rightful king of England in 1066?

• Who was the first (and only) Emperor of the USA?

• When was the first world war? (Hint: it’s not when you think)

Why Was Queen Victoria Such a Prude? is the latest fascinating book in a long-running series from bestselling writer David Haviland. This time the focus is on history, as Haviland explores the entire history of human civilisation, from the Trojan Wars all the way up to the 21st century!

Book Details:

  • Author: David Haviland
  • On Submission
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    • UK: Thistle

David Haviland

David Haviland is a writer, editor, and ghostwriter, with a number of bestselling books to his name, which have been sold to publishers all over the world and widely serialised.David has written a number of books of amusing trivia and popular science. The most recent, How To Remove A Brain (Summersdale, 2012), is a collection of fascinating stories and anecdotes concerning the history of medicine and health. This book was previously published by Penguin in the US as Why You Should Store Your Farts in a Jar.David's next book is a myth-busting guide to history, revealing the truth behind many...
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Book Reviews

  • ""David Haviland puts the fun back into history with this trivia packed guide that highlights some 'morsels of misinformation' that have made it into far too many history books... The long and short of it is, this is a jolly fun read that will delight even those who think that history is nothing more than a giant yawn. After reading this book, you'll discover that there is a lot more to history than dates and memorization. The sections are short and pithy and are ideal for simply skipping around and reading any topic that happens to strike your fancy, or you can read it straight through. Either way, you are in for a treat. Not only will you find this to be an entertaining book, but also a painlessly educational one as well!""
    History In Review
  • "With some deeply weird, wonderful (and grisly) historical facts, plus extraordinary revelations to make us think and laugh-out-loud, best-selling author David Haviland explores the more murky, mucky and mirth-inducing aspects of history, from the ancient Greeks to the present day. Who was the worst executioner? Which famous, historic speech did the Chicago Timesdescribe as “silly”? Which leader held a state funeral for his own leg? Who kept her dead husband’s head in her handbag? Stand by for plenty of mind-bending revelations! "