Greg Jenner has written his third book, imparting more historical facts with his usual witty and extremely accessible style. Greg goes through 50 questions he is regularly asked - probably historical hearsay and ‘facts’ that we have all heard at some point - and gives detailed, often hilarious, responses. This is not your usual dense and heavy history book; it's a slightly lighter but no less informative whip through hundreds of years of history. I very much enjoyed his last book, Dead Famous, so if you enjoyed that or you are a regular devotee of his BBC podcast, You’re Dead To Me, then you know what to expect and should be racing out the door to snap up a copy. And if you’ve never come across Greg’s work before, this is an excellent introduction to his research and writing. - Lily
For anyone who regularly asks the question 'Why?', this book is for you.' Susie Dent, author of Word Perfect Why is Italy called Italy? How old is curry? Which people from history would best pull off a casino heist? Who was the richest person of all time? When was the first Monday? What were history's weirdest medical procedures that actually worked? How much horse manure was splattered on the streets of Tudor London? How fast was the medieval Chinese postal system? What did the Flintstones get right about the Stone Age? Who gets to name historical eras, and what will ours be called in 100 years' time? How do we know how people sounded in the past? How old is sign language? In Ask a Historian the author, BBC podcaster, and public historian Greg Jenner provides answers to things you always wondered about, but didn't know who to ask. Responding to 50 genuine questions from the public, Greg whisks you off on an entertaining tour through the ages, revealing the best and most surprising stories, facts, and historical characters from the past. Bouncing through a wide range of subjects - from ancient jokebooks, African empires, and bizarre tales of medicinal cannibalism, to the invention of meringues, mirrors, and menstrual pads - Ask A Historian spans the Stone Age to the Swinging Sixties, and offers up a deliciously amusing and informative smorgasbord of historical curiosities, devoured one morsel at a time.
Author(s): Jenner, Greg,
Date of Publication: 28/10/2021,
Pagination: 352 pages,
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson,
Published By: Orion Publishing Co,
Book Classification: Humanities,