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Posted June 25, 2012
I admit, the tale featured in the title is what drew my interest to this book originally. Then I read the quotes and the different section titles like “cruel chronicles” and notable nomenclature”. While some of the entries clear up misconceptions about historical “facts”, such as the one about Lady Godiva, others are purely historical tidbits that maybe (probably) you didn’t know.
I am not a connoisseur of history books, but I had heard of most of the people or events the book refers to, so I wasn’t entirely clueless. However, I don’t think there was any single story that I had already known in full. “Who was the blood countess?” was the story I was most familiar with (it’s that love of anything with vampires) featuring countess Elizabeth Bathory and there were even some bits of information I had not read before.
The Not-So-Nude Ride of Lady Godiva is book for history lovers and those who like to hear about the convoluted stories that school textbooks have mixed up. There are humorous moments interjected throughout. Sometimes it runs dry and is filled with more facts than interested me, but overall a great book that will come in handy for the history category when playing trivia.
ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
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Posted November 7, 2012
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