English History: Strange but True

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Hundreds of incredible true facts and anecdotes from England's amazing history

Did you know that Mary Queen of Scots was a mighty 5' 11" tall? Her cousin Elizabeth I, by contrast, was a miniscule 5' 4".

Even with the heaviest bows, an English archer could fire six arrows a minute—or up to 54,000 arrows a minute at Agincourt.

Charles I was once dug up by George III’s doctor; the medical man kept a piece of Charles's spine and beard as a souvenir.

This book contains hundreds of "strange but true" facts and anecdotes about English history. Arranged into a miniature history of England, and with bizarre and hilarious true tales for every era, it will interest, surprise, and delight readers everywhere.

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About the Author:

Richard Smyth spent several years as an editor before becoming a freelance writer and researcher. He writes regular articles for magazines including History Today, and is the author of Bum Fodder. He also sets the questions for the BBC's Mastermind.

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