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One of Henry VII’s most prized possessions was the preserved leg of St. George. In February, 1789, George III pursued a bestselling lady novelist in a high-speed chase through Kew Gardens. When Henry IV’s tomb was opened, his beard was found to be "thick and matted, and of a deep russet colour." 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 surprise and delight readers everywhere.


Richard Smyth spent several years as an editor before becoming a freelance writer and researcher.  He writes regular articles for magazines including History Today, as well compiling that publication’s monthly crossword. He also sets the questions for the BBC’s Mastermind.