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Rude and ridiculous stories from the Tower of London, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, Banqueting House, and Kew PalaceFrom Hampton Court's regicidal mole to alcohol-fueled escapes from the Tower of London, and licentious love triangles at Kensington Palace, this collection charts and celebrates the bizarre ans fascinating histories of some of the most-visited residenciesRude and ridiculous stories from the Tower of London, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, Banqueting House, and Kew PalaceFrom Hampton Court's regicidal mole to alcohol-fueled escapes from the Tower of London, and licentious love triangles at Kensington Palace, this collection charts and celebrates the bizarre ans fascinating histories of some of the most-visited residencies in England. Discover the real story behind the madness of King George, uncover the truth about Kew's kangaroo infestation, and fall in love with Sir Horace, the heartthrob of Hampton Court. This alternative history includes the wandering inebriated zebras at the Tower of London, the cricket ball that probably killed a king, and the mystery of the Kew's disappearing mosque, and a wealth of other strange and scandalous incidents, unusual guests, hauntings, mysteries, and romances....

Title : London's Strangest Tales: Historic Royal Palaces: Extraordinary but True Stories
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ISBN : 9781909396470
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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London's Strangest Tales: Historic Royal Palaces: Extraordinary but True Stories Reviews

  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    2019-02-07 11:09

    London's Strangest Tales, Historic Palaces - Extraordinary But True Stories by Iain Spragg is just that, a collection of short but true stories from history. Told in chronological order, the tales come from London's five historic palaces: the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kew Palace and Kensington Palace.Commencing in 1078, the tales take us through history up until 2013, but in my opinion didn't really live up to the title claiming they were 'extraordinary'. Don't get me wrong, some of the stories were interesting - cardinal spiders at Hampton Court Palace - however many I'd read before (or learned about in documentaries) and others were clearly hyped up for inclusion in this collection.I'd recommend London's Strangest Tales - Historic Palaces by Iain Spragg for younger readers as an easy introduction to history in London, and to perhaps ignite a desire to learn more.For devotees of documentaries, and readers of history and historical fiction, you may want to give this one a miss.

  • Elspeth G. Perkin
    2019-02-11 14:15

    Have a little fun with historyTake it as it is a small collection of some of the strangest tales you will read about the Tower of London, Hampton Court, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and a few other locations. In these tales history, modern pop culture references, myth and legend blend into a quick read about the aforementioned locations between 1078 and 2013. In this concise book the reader will encounter amusing tales about: a disappearing bear, bold escapes from the tower, deadly jams and preserves, a misplaced scepter, a wild child, legendary spiders, the embarrassing complications of lady's fashion, and a reattached head for a long overdue commemorative portrait. Of course there is much more to explore and these are indeed some of the strangest tales you will read about London's historic palaces.In the end I just decided to take this small book as it was-a quick and entertaining read. Finishing this read in one sitting I enjoyed the time spent and learned some new tidbits of trivia (and phrases). I was however looking for a more comprehensive read but then again it is nice to let my curious mind to just relax with a light collection of facts. Overall this book is a nice collection of fascinating trivia and opens many new windows of study for the reader, so have a little fun with history with London's Strangest Tales: The Royal Palaces: Extraordinary but True Stories.*I would like to thank NetGalley and Pavilion Books for the opportunity to read and enjoy London's Strangest Tales: The Royal Palaces: Extraordinary but True Stories

  • Jolene
    2019-02-09 15:11

    **Thank you Pavilion Books and Netgalley for providing this in exchange for an honest review**This will be a very short review for a very short book. If you're a fan of trivia books, you tend to see certain stories pop up over and over again. While this book did have a few I've come across before, most of these were new to me. Spragg has a very enjoyable writing style and I could see myself reading more titles by him. While these stories were very interesting, I wouldn't necessarily consider most of them to be strange. They're really all over the place. You have your strange ones(Hampton's Eight-Legged Epidemic), heartbreaking ones (An Undignified Exit for Anne), infuriating ones (The Feral Youth from Hanover), and spooky ones (The Ghostly Grey Lady). I plan on reading more of the Strangest series

  • Susan
    2019-01-26 08:16

    Full of interesting facts about London's royal palaces that is not common knowledge. This was a well written book. In this book you will read about some of the strangest things that have occurred: drunk zebras, legendary spiders and a disappearing bear. This was a fun read but I also learned some history of London that I would had never knew. This has made me much more interested in the royal palaces than I have ever been. Enjoy the book--I did.Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-08 07:01

    This is an enjoyable, light-hearted and witty collection of stories about the royal palaces. Read about Cardinal Wolsey's fear of spiders at Hampton Court, King Charles I's betrayal by his dog and the first escapee from the Tower of London. This is a great book to while away the time, especially for royalty lovers! I recommend this if you want to learn more about English history and royalty in an easy way, or as a book to read on your travels in 'the Old Country'.

  • Amanda Richardson
    2019-02-21 10:02

    This book was a lot of fun to read! I love history, and I loved reading about the royal palaces. I liked how the stories were set up chronologically. Another thing I really liked about the book was the shortness of the stories, each individual tale was only three or four pages long, which is easy to read a few on break or at lunch. Loved it! Already recommended to my dad and my husband.I received this complimentary copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Tera
    2019-01-22 07:54

    Took me a bit to read but I absolutely loved it. So many fun and interesting fact and stories. This is a great book for those with a love of British history and especially if they're looking for something different. Features approximately 5 or 6 different palaces, each with its own exotic and fascinating tales. Great to either just pick at or read from start to finish.arc from NetGalley

  • Nicholas Aune
    2019-02-15 09:59

    A short fast moving collection of anecdotes about the bizarre, funny, and grim events that occurred in England's royal estates, from the inception of the Tower of London up to Buckingham Palace. This is a fun book for those who are obsessed with the British Royal Family or for those that lave historical curiosities. Be careful though. The author's sources aren't always reliable.

  • Laura
    2019-02-07 13:08

    There were some interesting stories, but I expected the stories to be a bit more strange and mysterious. It would probably be a fun read if you were going to London to sightsee because it gives some interesting background info. Received from NetGalley.

  • Katarina
    2019-01-30 15:18

    Very interesting collection of unusual and little known facts about the most well known royal palaces. Fun to read, will leave you laughing at times, and raising an eyebrow at other times.

  • Jenny
    2019-01-30 06:49

    I think this is a good book for children .Simple and concise .