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This hilarious book stands and delivers the terrible truth about the gentleman of the road.
Did you know that highwaymen used to be "as common as crows?" So where did they all come from? And what happened to them? What did they eat? Where did they live, and what happened to them if they were caught? If you've ever fancied life as a highwayman, read this book. You'll probably change your mind, armed with new knowledge of the nasty characters who terrorized innocents stupid enough to travel at night down dark and empty tracks, decked out in their finest jewels.
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The Short and Bloody History of... series by John Farman kicks off with five titles that present digestible chunks of information alongside comic illustrations. The Short and Bloody History of Ghosts begins by asking "What are ghosts?" before exploring such subjects as "Ghosts Around the World" and Animal Ghosts ("The most common four-legged phantoms are usually known as hellhounds and take the form of huge black dogs"). A glossary of ghostly lingo, suggestions for further reading and recommended Web sites round out the offering. Highwaymen; Knights; Pirates; and Spies follow the same format, with short bios of some infamous examples.
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