Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers: The history you weren't taught in school by Dominic SelwoodSpies, Sadists and Sorcerers: The history you weren't taught in school by Dominic Selwood

Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers: The history you weren't taught in school

byDominic Selwood

Paperback | January 1, 2016

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"A brilliantly fun and informative read. Dominic Selwood has taken the juiciest bits of history from the past two thousand years and put them together in one marvellous volume. Selwood is a rare blend of insightful historian and thrilling writer. Cracking along at a breakneck pace reminiscent of Dan Brown,Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers is as perfect for the beach as it is for serious historical background reading." 
Claudia Gold author of The King's Mistress: The True and Scandalous Story of the Woman Who Stole the Heart of George I and Women Who Ruled: History's 50 Most Remarkable Women 

"Dominic Selwood dives into the most fascinating (and controversial) historical topics and succeeds in bringing fresh insights and stringent clarity to some of the most baffling mysteries of the last 2,000 years, often overturning conventional wisdom. This book made me wince, laugh, groan and cheer. It's a fantastic read for any lover of history." 
Nancy Bilyeau author of the award-winning Tudor series which includes 'The Crown', 'The Chalice' and 'The Tapestry' 

"In an intriguing collection of essays, Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers dares to break rank and expose lies, debunk myths and set the record straight about English history from Roman times to the present day."
Sandra Alvarez, Medievalists.net 


Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers unveils the history you were never taught in school. With a breathtaking sweep spanning Rome to the modern day, popular historian and author Dominic Selwood challenges the traditional version of some of the best-known events of the past.

From ancient Christianity to the voyages of Columbus, and from the medieval Crusades to ISIS and the modern Middle East, this book debunks dozens of historical myths.

You will learn that: 

– Magna Carta was an infamous failure in medieval times 
– Richard the Lionheart was a cruel and dreadful king 
– The Knights Templar were heretical, and have left a genuinely baffling mystery 
– The painter of the Turin Shroud was found in the 1300s 
– Christopher Columbus never saw America 
– The first computer coder was a woman, a century before Alan Turing 
– The man who unleashed mustard gas in the World War One trenches won the Nobel Prize for chemistry 
– One incredible Spanish spy saved D-Day 

... and lots more. This book will challenge everything you think you know about history!

Title:Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers: The history you weren't taught in schoolFormat:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:January 1, 2016Publisher:Crux Publishing LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1909979341

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Table of Contents

THE ANCIENT WORLD1. Flavius Josephus, the Roman destruction of Jerusalem, and two millennia of bloodshed in the Middle East2. Theodosius I: the forgotten man who turned Christianity into a global religionTHE MEDIEVAL WORLD3. Rome was not civilized and the 'Dark Ages' were not dark4. The Vikings were no worse than the Anglo-Saxons5. Alfred the Great, king of Wessex, was a Roman Catholic6. King Harold's England was multicultural and decidedly European7. The Battle of Hastings (1066) wasn't such a big deal8. The cult of Magna Carta is historical nonsense: Oliver Cromwell called it 'Magna Farta'9. The Magna Carta barons were guilty of treason10. Save the Statute of Marlborough (1267): our oldest law11. Medieval cathedrals are bursting with colour again12. Richard the Lionheart and Saladin: chivalry and atrocities13. Saladin and the fateful battle of Hattin (1187): lessons for the modern Middle East14. Forget the Da Vinci Code: this is the real mystery of the Knights Templar15. A stain on history: the burning of Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar16. The Turin Shroud is one of the greatest medieval artworks ever created17. Regicide and ambition: Richard III and the death of the 'princes' in the Tower18. Reburying Richard III: is it the right body?THE RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION19. Medieval al-Andalus: tolerance and totalitarianism20. Savonarola and Mary Queen of Scots: the bloody underside of the 'civilized' Renaissance21. Columbus, greed, slavery, and genocide: what really happened to the American Indians 22. How the Tudor spin machine hid the brutal truth about the English Reformation23. Thomas Cromwell was the Islamic State of his day24. How Protestantism fuelled the deadly witch craze25. Guy Fawkes. Islamists, converts, and terrorism: some things never change26. New Year's Day is too soon after Christmas. Let's move it back to its proper place-in MarchTHE VICTORIAN WORLD27. Haters back off. Lord Elgin was a hero who saved the marbles for the world28. Greece knows it has no legal right to the Elgin Marbles: that's why it won't sue the UK29. Did Moses read hieroglyphics? The race to translate the Rosetta Stone30. Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace: coding pioneer a century before Alan TuringWORLD WAR ONE31. Fritz Haber: the horror story of the man who invented poison gas32. When Churchill got it very wrong: GallipoliWORLD WAR TWO33. Agent Garbo: the amazing Spanish spy who took on Hitler and saved D-Day34. Noor Inayat Khan: a gutsy British World War Two hero, a woman, and a Muslim35. Dresden was a civilian town with no military significance: why did we burn its people?THE MODERN WORLD36. The dark, deep roots of Britain's fascination with witchcraft37. How German is the Queen?