The Big Book of History Answers 2

The Big Book of History Answers 2

The Big Book of History Answers 2
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What is the earliest-known photograph? Was tarring and feathering fatal? How big was Henry VIII’s codpiece? The answers to these questions, plus many more, wait for you in the pages of this special Q&A compendium from the makers of BBC History Revealed magazine INSIDE YOU WILL FIND: - Hundreds of questions answered by our panel of brainiacs - Rare photographs and images of artefacts - Fun facts, titbits and curios from history

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There are just too many historical oddities to reveal and incredible stories needing debunking that they couldn’t all possibly fit within the confines of a single special edition. So here it is: The Big Book of History Answers 2. Inside, our crack team of history brainiacs plunges into the annals once again to root out the answers to those questions that have always niggled, and perhaps some you didn’t even know you wanted to ask. Ancient or modern, daily life or the horrors of war, kings and queens or their lowliest subjects – no subject is too daunting for the expert panel. They cover the big, whether it’s weighing up what have been history’s biggest blunders, uncovering a host of ‘firsts’ that have changed the world or calculating what city was bombed…

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our experts

EMILY BRAND Historian, genealogist and author of Mr Darcy’s Guide To Courtship JULIAN HUMPHRYS Development Officer for The Battlefields Trust and author GREG JENNER Horrible Histories consultant and author of A Million Years in a Day SANDRA LAWRENCE Writer and columnist specialising in British heritage subjects RUPERT MATTHEWS Historian and author, elected a Member of the European Parliament in 2017 MILES RUSSELL Author and Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Bournemouth University ALAMY X5, BRIDGEMAN IMAGES X2, GETTY X13, HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES X1, VC MEDAL COURTESY OF LORD ASHCROFT X1…

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IS THIS A CRASH OR A GAME? Horses were replaced by horsepower in the fast, frantic and frankly dangerous sport of automobile polo. Popularised in the United States in the early 20th century, it had simple rules. A team consisted of two cars – stripped of all nonessentials like doors, roofs or windshields – each carrying two players, a driver and a malletman. The aim was to hit a basketball with a croquet mallet into the opposition goal – easier said than done with the cars tearing around at 40mph. Spectacular crashes were frequent, as were broken bones. HOW DID THIS GET HERE? Five months after World War I hostilities ended, the people of Hastings woke up to quite a sight on 15 April 1919. While on its way to the scrapyard, the…

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the ancient world

DID YOU KNOW? KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY Tutankhamun was married to his half-sister. Though he died at 19, the couple had two children, which were both stillborn due to defects caused by incest. This was common in Ancient Egyptian society - pharaohs did not want their bloodline to be impure. HOW MANY ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE DIED FROM THE CURSE OF TUTANKHAMUN’S TOMB? Following excavations at Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings, beginning in 1922, a spate of deaths caused wild speculation about a supposed curse. The team was headed by archaeologist Howard Carter, and the discovery attracted journalists and well-to-do tourists. For a decade, the obituaries of those who entered the tomb were splashed across the newspapers as evidence of the Pharoah’s vengeance. It began with the death of Lord…

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THEATRE Born out of religious rituals, early theatre really began to take its own form in Ancient Greece. Flourishing in the cultural centre of Athens between 530 and 220 BC, the plays revolved around three genres – tragedy, comedy and satyr (a blend of the two) – and were performed to crowds of up to 17,000. There were even special effects, with cranes lifting actors into the air and placing them on the roofs of stage buildings. WORLD MAPS Forget Google Maps – it was the sixth-century-BC philosopher Anaximander who many credit with creating the first world map. Yes, his map depicted a flat earth floating unsupported in space, with the sun and moon as hollow rings of fire, but by drawing the world he made significant steps as a geographer. ALARM CLOCK We have…

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who are the most famous bears in history?

GRIZZLY’S GRIZZLY It’s not often that you come across a man named Grizzly with a pet bear named Ben. While in pursuit of a new life in the American West, John ‘Grizzly’ Adams found companionship not in the other gold rush forty-niners, but in a bear cub he had captured while hunting. The bear, which he decided to call Ben Franklin, became so loyal to his master that he risked his life saving Grizzly from another, fiercer grizzly. BYRON’S PET BEAR When Lord Byron was told that he was not allowed to bring his beloved pet dog to university, the quick-witted poet devised a plan to ensure that he would never be without a furry friend. As the rules only specified that cats and dogs were forbidden, he instead managed to acquire a…