Horrible Histories Issue 51

Horrible Histories magazine is the funniest, foulest and goriest magazine you’ll ever see! If you dare, you’ll discover so much stuff about the awful Egyptians, rotten Romans, terrible Tudors, vile Victorians and more that you’ll become a horrible expert! Join TV star Rattus and the gang and begin a journey through the putrid past – all the gore and more!

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guy faw wkes…

In 1605, Guy Fawkes and his gang planned to blow up King James I and the government. But he was caught in the act – late at night on 4 November. Guy was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered – they hanged him, cut him down and then cut him up, all while still alive. This was a super-horrible death. But Guy cheated the executioner. He jumped off the ladder and broke his neck. He was dead when they cut him open. In 1605, Parliament passed a law saying people had to celebrate Guy’s failure every 5 November. That law was still in force until 1859! We still have Bonfire Night today – but because it’s fun, not because it’s the law!…

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on this horrible day…

28 October, 1886 After being shipped over in parts, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the French, is unveiled in New York City, where it still stands today! 29 October, 1618 Explorer, Sir Walter Raleigh, who spent years searching for ‘El Dorado’, is executed for theft! 4 November, 1922 Howard Carter discovers Tutankhamun’s tomb. When he opened it, he found “gold – everywhere the glint of gold.” 17 November, 1558 Elizabeth I claims the throne. She survived the Spanish Armada and lots of assassination attempts to rule for 45 years! 3 Nov, 1906 S-O-S becomes the official signal for distress. Apparently “OMG we’re sinking!” wasn’t clear enough 29 Nov, 1641 England’s very first newspaper, The Heads of Severall Proceedings, is published. Catchier titles came later! 2 Dec, 1697 One of London’s most important landmarks, St Paul’s Cathedral, is opened. It later survived…

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the axe factor!

PIT-IFUL PEOPLE! A famous sage described how the first man and woman came from the sweat of a giant’s armpit. Yeesh! So, it’s safe to say, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution wouldn’t have washed among Vikings. Let’s hope the giant did! CIRCLE OF STRIFE! If you died in battle, you were sent to Viking heaven – Valhalla. There, you fought all day and drank all night. If you died in battle in Valhalla, you came back to life to fight again the next day .Heaven sounds exhausting ! IN COLD BLOOD! A Viking saga told of a huge flood in the early days of the world made of the blood of a dying frost giant! Floods of water are perfectly bad enough, thanks, frostie. SPIT’S CRAZY! The sagas only got weirder, folks. In this one, all the…

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have you got staaargh! quality?

1 A judge disagrees with your song choice (or religion), so you… A Shoot their body with arrows and chop ’em up B Do what they want 2 You craft a to sail off to the judge’s houses. It has… A An ugly, scary face carved on the front B Electric windows you can roll down for selfies with fans 3 It’s show (fighting) time! You get changed and wear… A A tunic made from wool and dyed animal skin B What the celebs are wearing in all the magazines 4 You wind down after a busy day singing (slaughtering) by… A Sweating in a steam bath then rolling in some snow B Sleeping in a bubble bath then rolling into bed 5 In the grand final (or before an epic battle), you scream… A “Odin owns you allllll!” B “We coulda had it…

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historical oul facts hospital

1 NASTY CUT Cure: rub honey into it! Honey is an antiseptic, and it is ideal for treating wounds. Hope they didn’t do this near any beehives! 2 MILD PAIN Cure: eat some gar den shrubs! The Egyptians would use dried leaves from the myrtle bush to treat pain. Strangely, it worked! 3 SERIOUS HEAD WOUND Cure: drug patient then remove the damaged skull! This was done to a government official, Khety, who’d been attacked. The wound was sewn up – and Khety lived. 4 FEELING SICK Cure: eat limestone! We use powdered calcium carbonate to treat stomachaches today – that’s limestone! 5 BLINDNESS Cure: mash a pig’s eye with honey and powder, and pour into the patient’s ear! This obviously didn’t work. The Egyptians really made a pig’s ear of this one!…

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henry viii v s elizablthi

LENGTH OF REIGN 37 years, nine months and six days. 44 years, four months and seven days. DEADLY DEEDS Henry had two of his wives beheaded. She had her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, executed. BEST BATTLE Battle of the Spurs, 1513. It was called that because the French spurred on their horses to run away quickly! The Spanish Armada, 1588. Philip II of Spain sent 130 ships to attack England, but only about 67 returned. BEST INVENTIONS Henry didn’t invent divorce, but he did change the church to allow it! Elizabeth had the first wristwatch and the first flushing toilet! HORRID HABIT Henry made an example of religious rebels by hanging them in their gardens! Elizabeth punched and kicked her advisors, and she spat at someone for wearing posh clothes! TOTTAL SCORE Horrible Henry Bad Bess…