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In a world where the boys wore make-up and highwaymen ruled the roads, Terry Deary has uncovered some of the horrible truths about the Gorgeous Georgians in this riotous addition to the Horrible Histories range. In this, another howling success for the series, famous villains like Rob Roy, Dick Turpin and Blackbeard, who all became folk heroes over time, are given the onc In a world where the boys wore make-up and highwaymen ruled the roads, Terry Deary has uncovered some of the horrible truths about the Gorgeous Georgians in this riotous addition to the Horrible Histories range. In this, another howling success for the series, famous villains like Rob Roy, Dick Turpin and Blackbeard, who all became folk heroes over time, are given the once-over by the sharp-penned Deary as he tells the truth about their lives of crime, leaving little doubt as to what they were really up to when they were on the run. From poor hygiene and terrible food to a country overrun with body snatchers and thief-takers, the poor old Georgians didn't stand much of a chance in a country run by unsuitable politicians and less than stable monarchs, and Gorgeous Georgians wastes no time in taking a stab at this seedy side of Georgian life. --Susan Harrison


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In a world where the boys wore make-up and highwaymen ruled the roads, Terry Deary has uncovered some of the horrible truths about the Gorgeous Georgians in this riotous addition to the Horrible Histories range. In this, another howling success for the series, famous villains like Rob Roy, Dick Turpin and Blackbeard, who all became folk heroes over time, are given the onc In a world where the boys wore make-up and highwaymen ruled the roads, Terry Deary has uncovered some of the horrible truths about the Gorgeous Georgians in this riotous addition to the Horrible Histories range. In this, another howling success for the series, famous villains like Rob Roy, Dick Turpin and Blackbeard, who all became folk heroes over time, are given the once-over by the sharp-penned Deary as he tells the truth about their lives of crime, leaving little doubt as to what they were really up to when they were on the run. From poor hygiene and terrible food to a country overrun with body snatchers and thief-takers, the poor old Georgians didn't stand much of a chance in a country run by unsuitable politicians and less than stable monarchs, and Gorgeous Georgians wastes no time in taking a stab at this seedy side of Georgian life. --Susan Harrison

30 review for The Gorgeous Georgians

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Another find from the mothers house. One of my favourite horrible history books from childhood. I love this time period and still wish I had some Marie Antionette style wigs to lounge around the house in. I did pretend to be Dick Turpin once. I had a highwayman mask and everything (I think I was channeling Adam Ant). I have to say I don't really know much about the various Kings of this period though. I get them all mixed up easily. Too many Georges. Another find from the mothers house. One of my favourite horrible history books from childhood. I love this time period and still wish I had some Marie Antionette style wigs to lounge around the house in. I did pretend to be Dick Turpin once. I had a highwayman mask and everything (I think I was channeling Adam Ant). I have to say I don't really know much about the various Kings of this period though. I get them all mixed up easily. Too many Georges.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andragel

    I love Terry Deary but this just wasn't it. I was dying to read this - the title seems so enticing, but it was all a big bore. The Georgians don't seem remotely gorgeous, only pretentious, peculiar and unremarkable, compared to the Horrible History on Victorians. Such a shame, I know there was plenty of potential for this particular era... I love Terry Deary but this just wasn't it. I was dying to read this - the title seems so enticing, but it was all a big bore. The Georgians don't seem remotely gorgeous, only pretentious, peculiar and unremarkable, compared to the Horrible History on Victorians. Such a shame, I know there was plenty of potential for this particular era...

  3. 5 out of 5

    The Artisan Geek

    2/12/19 A usual can't go wrong with a Horrible Histories book :) 1/12/19 I got an entire box of Horrible Histories books from my sister and mother last Christmas!! Slowly going through them now :) You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website 2/12/19 A usual can't go wrong with a Horrible Histories book :) 1/12/19 I got an entire box of Horrible Histories books from my sister and mother last Christmas!! Slowly going through them now :) You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website

  4. 5 out of 5

    Luke

    In a world where the boys wore make-up and highwaymen ruled the roads, Terry Deary has uncovered some of the horrible truths about the Gorgeous Georgians in this riotous addition to the Horrible Histories range. Famous villains like Rob Roy, Dick Turpin and Blackbeard, who all became folk heroes over time, are given the once-over by the sharp-penned Deary as he tells the truth about their lives of crime, leaving little doubt as to what they were really up to when they were on the run. It wasn't In a world where the boys wore make-up and highwaymen ruled the roads, Terry Deary has uncovered some of the horrible truths about the Gorgeous Georgians in this riotous addition to the Horrible Histories range. Famous villains like Rob Roy, Dick Turpin and Blackbeard, who all became folk heroes over time, are given the once-over by the sharp-penned Deary as he tells the truth about their lives of crime, leaving little doubt as to what they were really up to when they were on the run. It wasn't just all highway men but you had the bonkers king George 3rd and the dress habits of lady's and gentlemen and how best to cover up there bad hygiene and diseases! Im back to form with my horrible histories journey! The writing style seemed to have changed a little but i didn't mind that as it's fast paced and full of information and it's still kept it's signature comedic writing that even with me at 21 still makes me giggle at the puns. I still haven't found a time in history that I'd like to live in as i wouldn't of made it to 1 let alone getting to my 5th birthday. But that being said georgian Britain is still a time I'd like to visit by time travel but wouldn't like to live there i don't thing i could stand the smell but it does make me smile and feel proud as a brit to know that england hasn't been invaded since the Georgian time. But with all that being said it's an amazing read full of facts and laughs that I've come to love with all horrible history books so i can 100% reccomend this like the rest of the books in the series. 4/5 Stars on GoodReads 🌟🌟🌟🌟 95/100 GingerPoints 🔥🔥🔥

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kadie

    Wanted a fun quick read after reading a harrowing dystopian trilogy and this did the trick. I used to love these books as a child and it was great diving back into this series of history made gruesome. Will definitely try and get to others in the series at some point.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dane Cobain

    I’ve never been particularly interested in the Georgians for some reason, but I did get some enjoyment out of the book anyway purely because it’s a Horrible Histories book and that’s kind of to be expected. My only criticisms would really be the same criticisms that I level at every Horrible Histories book. It’s kind of annoying to have to keep flicking backwards and forwards to see what the answers are to the little quizzes, and sometimes the humour gets in the way of the information itself. It’ I’ve never been particularly interested in the Georgians for some reason, but I did get some enjoyment out of the book anyway purely because it’s a Horrible Histories book and that’s kind of to be expected. My only criticisms would really be the same criticisms that I level at every Horrible Histories book. It’s kind of annoying to have to keep flicking backwards and forwards to see what the answers are to the little quizzes, and sometimes the humour gets in the way of the information itself. It’s a shame when that happens because it finally got me interested in a historical period that’s always passed me by. But at least I feel like I’ve learned something, which I suppose is the point. Go figure.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Gorgeous Georgians is about the history and how it was to live, and die, back with the georgians. They took you back to all of the fashion, education, deaths, pirates and many other things and showed you how difficult it was to live in that era. At the beginning they first go to fashion. They show you from their wigs to their shoes to how they died because their corset was too tight. The next part of their life they talked to you about was their food! They showed you some recipes they actual The Gorgeous Georgians is about the history and how it was to live, and die, back with the georgians. They took you back to all of the fashion, education, deaths, pirates and many other things and showed you how difficult it was to live in that era. At the beginning they first go to fashion. They show you from their wigs to their shoes to how they died because their corset was too tight. The next part of their life they talked to you about was their food! They showed you some recipes they actually used and how good the food could be to how disgusting it could be. It also showed how some people died from eating too much or even what they ate in the food that caused them to die. Later, they talked about the different classes and how each one was different and how they were hard to live in. They gave real examples of families back then and also connected it to modern day. The book also talked about many important figures back then and their leaders. Many examples were given about how the people liked or disliked them, and their choice of words was great because it was not too hard to understand. In the book The Highwayman, Blackbeard and many other people were described and you got a lot of insight as to how they lived and their motivations. They used many illustrations to help us picture it and also put some comedic relief in there to so it is not so serious. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was long but it was easy enough to understand to the point where it was not too easy. My favorite part was the fashion section because they had many different descriptive words and many illustrations that not only helped me understand it and picture it but make it more fun and comedic for me to read. It was not a boring book because sometimes they would have some trivia and they actually made it fun. I would definitely recommend this book to someone if they want to learn something new and have fun with it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    Like many other parents, adults or school teachers out there, I find Terry Deary's efforts to make history appealing and entertaining for children to be commendable. I believe this book to be one of Deary's better ones. It proved to be very informative and had a lot of interesting facts to say about a period which I knew relatively little about. I didn't know that vaccination was an invention from the Georgian period for example, something which is taken for granted nowadays but was revolutionary Like many other parents, adults or school teachers out there, I find Terry Deary's efforts to make history appealing and entertaining for children to be commendable. I believe this book to be one of Deary's better ones. It proved to be very informative and had a lot of interesting facts to say about a period which I knew relatively little about. I didn't know that vaccination was an invention from the Georgian period for example, something which is taken for granted nowadays but was revolutionary achievement in that time and has saved countless lives all around the world. This is just one fact from many hundreds to be found in this book. That is why it is a great book for students, children and adults alike.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Xanthi

    This period gets romanticised a lot - from exciting tales about pirates and highway men, to regency romances. Not forgetting the over the top fashions. So it’s good to provide younger readers (and adults!) with a warts and all look at the Georgians. Admittedly the animal cruelty is difficult to read about but it belongs in this book, as do the tribulations of children, women and the poor in general. All horrible stuff.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Myers

    Very enjoyable yet again as par for the course with these books. I expected more of a focus on the monarchy at the time, but learning all about the everyman’s world is very interesting. Everything is written with a lightness of touch and zips along pleasingly. I’d thoroughly recommend any of the Horrible Histories books to anyone wanting a short general overview of that period in time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ZoZoXOXO

    I adore reading horrible histories. It’s just so child friendly as it includes lots of pictures!! I love that . Read this book. After I read this book I knew more than I did the day before. And that’s amazing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    My eldest son NEVER tires of these books...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Moez Lamti

    As we get closer to Victorian times, our contemporary miseries crystallize, so to speak.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Webcowgirl

    A nice counterpoint to the theater of the day.

  15. 5 out of 5

    David

    Interesting but silly facts.

  16. 4 out of 5

    James Lawner

    If its one thing these books have taught me is that time traveling to these time periods would be a very bad idea.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ionsboys

    a bit like the rotten rats

  18. 4 out of 5

    Evelina Locmele

    I like Horrible Histories, but I sometimes don't like how they stretch the truth. Anyhow, I enjoyed the book, having a good laugh with it too. I like Horrible Histories, but I sometimes don't like how they stretch the truth. Anyhow, I enjoyed the book, having a good laugh with it too.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tammie

    Read- July 2020 for The Reading Rush (Starts with The) - This is one of my favourite periods in history to learn about it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Soleil

    Funny.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bronwyn Lok

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Full review at http://bronzelock619.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-gorgeous-georgians-horrible.html. The Georgian era is a period in British history spanning the reigns of four King Georges, from 1714 to 1830. It was a time of immense social changes like the Industrial Revolution, class division, and the loss of the American colonies. However, for the rich and the great that had plenty, it was a time of outrageous and whaky fashion. Some of the weird fashion trends that I found quite interesting includ Full review at http://bronzelock619.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-gorgeous-georgians-horrible.html. The Georgian era is a period in British history spanning the reigns of four King Georges, from 1714 to 1830. It was a time of immense social changes like the Industrial Revolution, class division, and the loss of the American colonies. However, for the rich and the great that had plenty, it was a time of outrageous and whaky fashion. Some of the weird fashion trends that I found quite interesting include painting their faces chalk white with lead paint, sticking circles of silk on their faces to cover up smallpox scars, and shaving off their eyebrows and replacing them with fake ones made of mouse skin. Then of course, there was the fake white hair and dresses that looked like giant cakes. Even the men did ridiculous things. They wore thick white makeup, and had corsets and padding under their clothes. I guess men want to look good too. Although we could not really fault the Georgians, since we also have our fair share of ridiculous fashion statements, from fake tans to man-buns. I'm pretty sure decades down the read, the people of the future will laugh at our fashion sense. Some of the fashion statements of the Georgians did have functions though. I am most impressive was the way the ladies use their fans to signal different emotions. That had seemed very useful. The Georgian era was also the time of the pirates, the most famous being Blackbeard. The pirates wear so many gold earrings as they thought these would give them better eyesight. It is also true that the pirates dump people on a deserted island with nothing but a gun and a bottle of water, like in the movies. From burning the earlobe to cure toothache, to a bunch of Welsh mums fending of the French invasion, this book showed another side of history other than boring dates you need to memorize. With jokes, sarcasm, and cartoons with humourously bad puns, this book will entertain you while you learn.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anirudh

    Well, I picked up this book solely because I wanted to know something about an interesting race from the Caucasus Ranges but then, little did I expect that this book was going to be about Britain during the era of Hanover monarchs (before William IV and Victoria). However, with that said, I wasn’t disappointed with this book. The uniqueness about horrible histories always is that, the author runs the reader through the selected era in a way in which that the reader is never bored, does not have t Well, I picked up this book solely because I wanted to know something about an interesting race from the Caucasus Ranges but then, little did I expect that this book was going to be about Britain during the era of Hanover monarchs (before William IV and Victoria). However, with that said, I wasn’t disappointed with this book. The uniqueness about horrible histories always is that, the author runs the reader through the selected era in a way in which that the reader is never bored, does not have to remember the dates and still gets a picture of how the society was, during the time. The Georgian addiction towards make-up, the high demand for corpses for the purpose of research, the Luddite wars, and their love for gory sports was all portrayed well, through the usual witty caricatures which are used across all the books of this series. Although, this era didn’t have many interesting battles to cover, following the fall of Napoleon, the author still managed to keep the book interesting, in my opinion. Like any other Horrible Histories book, this too, I believe, has maintained the standard and would be good for light reading while travelling or even when you’re looking for a break after having done some real heavy reading.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Soobie's scared

    It's been ages since my last Horrible Histories book... I have no problem to admit that I bought this one only because it cost 3€ something. This is also the first Horrible Histories I've read in English. Did I have any problems with that? Yeah... I guess I missed a couple of puns and jokes but no biggies. I used to love these books. I've read almost all the ones that were translated into Italian when I was a kid. I think that this wasn't translated because it deals with a precise period of the It's been ages since my last Horrible Histories book... I have no problem to admit that I bought this one only because it cost 3€ something. This is also the first Horrible Histories I've read in English. Did I have any problems with that? Yeah... I guess I missed a couple of puns and jokes but no biggies. I used to love these books. I've read almost all the ones that were translated into Italian when I was a kid. I think that this wasn't translated because it deals with a precise period of the English history. Not something that would be studied by Italian middle-graders. But it was fun nonetheless. I mean, the Horrible Histories books were perfect for me as a middle-grader! And for 32-year-old Soobie? They were OK, as well. I did enjoy my reading and I could tell to myself: «Ah, I knew this little bit of trivia myself!». The part about the living condition of children and women was pretty harsh but I guess it would very useful for kids nowadays. One side note, though: I had no idea who the Georgian kings were and when they live. I did study those things some 15 years ago and it was all foggy in my mind. A sort of table at the beginning would have helped a lot. I'll probably read more...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nur Ain Z.

    3.5. Goodreads seriously should consider adding .5 to its rating scale. Gorgeous Georgians discusses the reign of King George I - IV and what had happened in those era. My personal favourites from this book would be the horrible facts about their food and Georgian words. It's still English, though some words had different meanings back then. Like respectable used to mean polite, a wooden suit is what they would call a coffin back then. Odsbodikins was a swear word but is now long forgotten. Now, 3.5. Goodreads seriously should consider adding .5 to its rating scale. Gorgeous Georgians discusses the reign of King George I - IV and what had happened in those era. My personal favourites from this book would be the horrible facts about their food and Georgian words. It's still English, though some words had different meanings back then. Like respectable used to mean polite, a wooden suit is what they would call a coffin back then. Odsbodikins was a swear word but is now long forgotten. Now, that is a fancy word, don't you think so? It's fascinating to learn about all of these facts. Others that are featured in Gorgeous Georgians would be facts about some of the earliest prime ministers, Georgian makeover for both women and men, games, body for sale, which recently dead people were dug from their graves so doctors could cut them up and study their organs to come up with bizarre medicines in our eyes, but effective nonetheless to eliminate diseases. Boring, boring facts which are presented in not so typical way and undeniably funny. I know I love this series for a reason. I still think Awful Egpytians is the best though. But overall, good read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    It's no secret; I love the Horrible Histories. The Gorgeous Georgians is a reread; a comic book of history which covers the Georgian era of English history, between the Stuarts and the Victorians. Terry Deary writes a captivating, funny, intelligent, approrpriately gruesome, and as far as I can tell absolutely accurate little book on the more terrible aspects of the Georgian age. He also throws in some not-so-horrible tidbits. This would be a five-star, but for two things. One, the Horrible Histo It's no secret; I love the Horrible Histories. The Gorgeous Georgians is a reread; a comic book of history which covers the Georgian era of English history, between the Stuarts and the Victorians. Terry Deary writes a captivating, funny, intelligent, approrpriately gruesome, and as far as I can tell absolutely accurate little book on the more terrible aspects of the Georgian age. He also throws in some not-so-horrible tidbits. This would be a five-star, but for two things. One, the Horrible Histories have the unfortunate tendency to throw history at the page without making sense of it chronologically unless you read the timeline that comes first in the book. Second, Terry Deary has a disrespect for libraries that taints my enjoyment of his books. Still, it's somewhere to start if you're looking for a fun introduction to history.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)

    I didn't really know what to expect from this book. My son and I have been watching the tv shows (and we love them). I know the books are wildly popular with primary school aged children. Which is fantastic. I remember history being taught at school as so awful, so boring. Of course this isn't history as it was taught at school. Focusing on the gruesome, gross, funny and quaint- which is very sensible when you're trying to appeal to kids. I did learn lots of fascinating facts, but somehow it was I didn't really know what to expect from this book. My son and I have been watching the tv shows (and we love them). I know the books are wildly popular with primary school aged children. Which is fantastic. I remember history being taught at school as so awful, so boring. Of course this isn't history as it was taught at school. Focusing on the gruesome, gross, funny and quaint- which is very sensible when you're trying to appeal to kids. I did learn lots of fascinating facts, but somehow it wasn't as wildly funny as I was expecting.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}

    Refreshingly not politically correct. Loved the comic strips which rendered perfectly well on my Kindle. I was most interested in the Scottish history (e.g. Jacobite Rebellion) and the personal hygiene and fashion of the period. Had I still been a child I'm sure I'd have given this 5 stars. The only one I read and enjoyed back then was The Vile Victorians. Refreshingly not politically correct. Loved the comic strips which rendered perfectly well on my Kindle. I was most interested in the Scottish history (e.g. Jacobite Rebellion) and the personal hygiene and fashion of the period. Had I still been a child I'm sure I'd have given this 5 stars. The only one I read and enjoyed back then was The Vile Victorians.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marjolein

    READ IN ENGLISH I've always been a great fan of the BBC historical sketch show Horrible Histories. So, when I found these books in a London book-store, I was really excited and my sister and I bought about 8 books *oops*. I don't want to read them all in a row, because then I will run out far too soon. So, this is my fourth HH book since August. I really liked it, and on the way even learned some things about those Gorgeous Georgians. READ IN ENGLISH I've always been a great fan of the BBC historical sketch show Horrible Histories. So, when I found these books in a London book-store, I was really excited and my sister and I bought about 8 books *oops*. I don't want to read them all in a row, because then I will run out far too soon. So, this is my fourth HH book since August. I really liked it, and on the way even learned some things about those Gorgeous Georgians.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nadhirah

    I pick up some of the books from this series from time to time and they're always so much fun to read. Being a huge fan of Jane Austen, I was excited to pick this one up in particular. Interesting to read the obscure facts and trivia that you don't always come across in works of fiction from that era. Kinda killed the romanticism a little bit though, imagining Mr. Darcy in a silk coat with lace trimmings. I pick up some of the books from this series from time to time and they're always so much fun to read. Being a huge fan of Jane Austen, I was excited to pick this one up in particular. Interesting to read the obscure facts and trivia that you don't always come across in works of fiction from that era. Kinda killed the romanticism a little bit though, imagining Mr. Darcy in a silk coat with lace trimmings.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Donner

    Though not as wonderful as I remember the first ones I read (especially the Awesome Egyptians and the Groovy Greeks, the latter of which gave me instructions for making a toga that I used for two Halloweens as Athena and zero college parties) still a fun way to learn history. I look forward to reading through the rest of 'em! Though not as wonderful as I remember the first ones I read (especially the Awesome Egyptians and the Groovy Greeks, the latter of which gave me instructions for making a toga that I used for two Halloweens as Athena and zero college parties) still a fun way to learn history. I look forward to reading through the rest of 'em!

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