Gorgeous Georgians (Horrible Histories)
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All the most horrible facts about the Gorgeous Georgians ready for readers to uncover, including their sneaky schemes for hiding personal hygiene problems and the schoolchildren who went to war with their teachers. Refreshed with a fantastic new design for 2016, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans.
This book is for Charlotte Clare, winner of the Horrible Histories joke competition. Her joke is in the picture on page 16. CONTENTS Cover Title page Dedication Introduction Timeline Gorgeous Georgians Gorging Georgians Top of the class Gruesome Georgians Bodies for sale Quaint quack doctors Gory Georgian fun and games Wacky Georgian words Rotten revolutions Test your teacher Epilogue About the Author Back Ad Copyright Introduction History is horrible. For a start,
too! Georgian makeover By the 1770s some of the fashions became quite ridiculous. So here’s a satire and a caricature of ladies’ fashion in the age of George III. (And now you can forget those two words. Which two words? Er … I’ve forgotten.) Modern magazines offer readers a ‘makeover’ – they say they’ll change someone’s appearance from grot to hot in ten easy steps. If the Georgians did a makeover then the results would have been just as stunning … Heights of fashion It wasn’t only poets
weren’t bald! Wigs were popular until the 1760s. They could be very expensive so they were often stolen. Thieves would ride on the back of a carriage, carefully cut a hole through the back, snatch a wig off the passenger and jump off. 2 But wigs could be nasty, filthy things. Topham Beauclark took pleasure in shaking bugs out of his wig in front of lady friends. Many men shaved their heads so the wigs would fit. If they took the wigs off in the comfort of their own home they wore a night-cap
known as a ‘danglespit’ – no prizes for guessing why. 6 Super sandwiches In 1760 John Montague, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, was playing cards and didn’t want to stop for dinner. He ordered that his meat be slapped between two pieces of bread so he could eat it while he played. Everyone started to copy him and asked for ‘A beef as-eaten-by-John-Montague-the-fourth-Earl-of-Sandwich, please.’ (The Romans had this idea more than 1,000 years before, but you don’t eat a jam julius caesar, a ham
dangerous, dirty factories. 1801 Ireland joins Great Britain and another red cross is added to the flag to make the Union Jack. 1804 Captain Dick’s Puffer starts running! The first steam railway locomotive, invented by Richard Trevithick. 1805 British Navy wins Battle of Trafalgar against the French and lose their admiral, Horatio, Lord Nelson, potted by a hot-shot. 1806 Steam-powered looms invented. Bad news for weavers. 1807 Britain bans slave trading – having made a fortune out of it