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Karen Dolby

History's Naughty Bits

Karen Dolby is a freelance editor and writer. Among her books are History's Naughty Bits, Oranges and Lemons: Rhymes from Past Times and Homework Help for Mums and Dads, all published by Michael O'Mara Books. She lives and writes in south London.
211 printed pages
Copyright owner
Michael O'Mara Books
Original publication
2013
Publication year
2013
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  • Akshat Tiwarishared an impression8 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot
    🎯Worthwhile
    💞Loved Up
    🚀Unputdownable

    Humourous, riveting and every bit interesting this book enthralls you and takes you the seedier side of humanity

  • Victoria Dembrovskashared an impression4 years ago
    💡Learnt A Lot
    🌴Beach Bag Book

  • miwakoshared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading

Quotes

  • Victoria Dembrovskahas quoted4 years ago
    One of the most outrageous stories concerned Vedius Pollio, who fed slaves at will to the lamprey eels in his fishpond if they displeased him. This was deemed shockingly cruel, even by Roman standards, and Emperor Augustus himself intervened on behalf of a slave. One evening, when Augustus was dining with Vedius Pollio, a slave broke a crystal cup. To save the terrified servant, Augustus proceeded to smash all the crystal cups at the table.

    When Augustus inherited Vedius’s magnificent villa on his death, he had it demolished so that the house would not remain as a monument to its evil owner.
  • b4433304590has quoted2 months ago
    Does it really matter what these affectionate people do – so long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses?

    Mrs Patrick Campbell
  • b4433304590has quoted2 months ago
    A strange book was published in 1779 called The English Spy; or Secret Correspondence between Milord the Eye and Milord the Ear which offers a glimpse inside a Parisian brothel of the day.

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