Friday, 5 November 2010

Horrible Histories: Nasty Knights by Terry Deary and Martin Brown

2010, Scholastic
94 pages, paperback
Review copy

Lots of historical facts about knights, buckets of humour

Summary from Scholastic
Forget the fairy tales from days of old when knights were supposed to be bold and damsels were always in distress, and brace themselves for the terrible truth about the cold-blooded killers. From Arthur and his mythical knights to warrior kings and cruel crusades there are foul facts on a whole host of knasty knights plus dire details of the weapons they used and the rotten rules of knight fights.

Nayuleska's thoughts
I was interested to see what this book would be like, because it examines a group of people (Knights) rather than a period of history. This book is different to the other Horrible Histories that I've read so far. It is larger - almost twice the size, and it is in colour! The coloured illustrations suit the subject matter well and adds volumes to the whole book. I can imagine the knights moving about on the page as I read what their lives entail. My interest in knights isn't from a historical point of view. I enjoy reading novels which tell the lives of knights. This book gave me further insight to those stories - it explains why certain customs happen, why particular clothes are worn, and generally what happens to a knight in his life. It explains about the different Orders of knights, most of which I'd heard of at some point on the news. Admittedly, most of the books I read are about female knights. However, there's a section in the book which deals with strong women who fought in battle, showing that men weren't the only ones to fight (although they were naturally greater in numbers than the female fighters).

Final conclusion
If you're a fan of knights, you need this book. It explains everything :)

Check out Horrible Histories: Angry Aztecs and Incredible Incas by Terry Deary, Martin Brown and Philip Reeve.

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