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    DescriptionDid you give school history lessons your undivided attention? Even if you did, youre probably none the wiser as to how exactly Henry II of France came to have a two-foot splinter in his head or why Alexandra of Bavaria believed she had swallowed a piano. Or where terms like bunkum, maverick, John Bull and taking the mickey come from; or how the Tsarina of Russia once saved a life with a comma; or why Robert Pate hit Queen Victoria on the head with a walking stick. For some unknown reason the most interesting bits of history are kept out of lessons and away from syllabuses. Relegated to historys footnotes, they lie buried beneath the dense text like a few golden nuggets in a mountain of granite. Now The Interesting Bits rights this wrong; it is a veritable treasure trove of those surprising, eccentric, chaotic, baffling asides that dont fit neatly into historys official narrative. They are historys little-known treasures the gems that generations of teachers have excised from lessons on the grounds that they might make history too much like well fun.

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    The Interesting Bits
    The History You Might Have Missed
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Justin Pollard
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    ISBN 13: 9781848541009
    ISBN 10: 1848541007

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    BIC subject category V2: HBG
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Libri: ENGM2000
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    John Murray General Publishing Division
    Imprint name
    John Murray Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    20 August 2009
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    Author Information
    Justin Pollard read Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge. He is a historical writer/consultant in film and TV. His credits include Elizabeth and its sequel, A Golden Age, as well as over twenty-five documentary series such as Time Team for Channel Four. He is a researcher for QI and the author of the Seven Ages of Britain, The Rise and Fall of Alexandria and Alfred the Great.
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    'Comical and interesting...small but informative...Pollard combines eccentricity with stories of monumental mishaps making for an enjoyable, educating and uproarious read' Catholic Herald, Christian Cudd 'Newsflash: history can be entertaining and interesting ... an energetic, colourful book' Easy Living Magazine