The Book of Ancient Bastards: 101 of the Worst Miscreants and Misdeeds from Ancient Sumer to the EnlightenmentPaperback
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- Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 18mm | 240g
- Publication date: 24 June 2011
- Publication City/Country: Holbrook, MA
- ISBN 10: 1440524882
- ISBN 13: 9781440524882
- Sales rank: 575,832
When it comes to bastards, you can't beat the good old days of the Egyptian pharaohs, the Roman Empire, or Europe during the Dark Ages. The bastards of old abound--and they come in every color, creed, gender, and sexual preference. From the cross-dressing emperor Elagabalus of Rome, who was assassinated by his own grandmother, to the icon-worshipping fanatical Empress Irene of Byzantine, who gouged out her only son's eyes, you'll find the most malevolent malcontents who have truly survived the test of time. The Book of Ancient Bastards: Because when it comes to bad, it really is ancient history!
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Brian Thornton earned his BA in history from Gonzaga University and both his BAE (English) and MA (history) from Eastern Washington University. He is the author of The Book of Bastards, 101 Things You Didn't Know about Lincoln, and is the coauthor of The Middle East: The Nations, Their Histories, and Their Conflicts.