The Book of Ancient Bastards: 101 of the Worst Miscreants and Misdeeds from Ancient Sumer to the Enlightenment

The Book of Ancient Bastards of the Worst Miscreants and Misdeeds from Ancient Sumer to the Enlightenment When it comes to bastards you can t beat the good old days of the Egyptian pharaohs the Roman Empire or Europe during the Dark Ages The bastards of old abound and they come in every color creed g

  • Title: The Book of Ancient Bastards: 101 of the Worst Miscreants and Misdeeds from Ancient Sumer to the Enlightenment
  • Author: Brian Thornton
  • ISBN: 9781440524882
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • When it comes to bastards, you can t beat the good old days of the Egyptian pharaohs, the Roman Empire, or Europe during the Dark Ages The bastards of old abound and they come in every color, creed, gender, and sexual preference.From the cross dressing emperor Elagabalus of Rome, who was assassinated by his own grandmother, to the icon worshipping fanatical Empress IreneWhen it comes to bastards, you can t beat the good old days of the Egyptian pharaohs, the Roman Empire, or Europe during the Dark Ages The bastards of old abound and they come in every color, creed, gender, and sexual preference.From the cross dressing emperor Elagabalus of Rome, who was assassinated by his own grandmother, to the icon worshipping fanatical Empress Irene of Byzantine, who gouged out her only son s eyes, you ll find the most malevolent malcontents who have truly survived the test of time.The Book of Ancient Bastards Because when it comes to bad, it really is ancient history

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    1. Meh. It was really hard for me to finish this. With only two to two and a half pages per person, a lot of times you didn't get a very clear picture of the "bastard"'s life, and in several cases I couldn't understand why these people have been labeled "bastards" because they didn't seem that bad to me.Furthermore, the book was very limited in scope. There was page after monotonous page of Roman emperors (about 100 pages in all just for them), some European kings and popes, and not a whole lot els [...]

    2. I quit unfinished ONLY because it had to go back to the library. History is always more fun and interesting when you minimize the dates and focus on the real people, warts, quirks and all, and that's just what Thornton does. Funny, factual and fascinating, it's a little rough for anybody under, say, 14, but for teens and adults it's an entertaining way to fill in some of the gaps from history class.

    3. This book lists several rulers from ancient history that the author has deemed bastards and gives a page or two to each to describe their douchebaggery. The only douchebag associated with this book is the author, who provides short blurbs that would be entertaining, if Mr. Thornton was even half as funny as he seems to think he is. Not recommended.

    4. I read, reviewed, and enjoyed a book called "Badass" by Ben Thompson. Overall that was a book with flair, humor, and compelling historical characters that you may or may not have heard of. "The Book of Ancient Bastards" (BoAB) by Brian Thornton was trying to be "Badass" but was ultimately unsuccessful. Still, it isn't a bad read so long as you know what you are getting yourself into.The basic premise of this project is that Thornton tries to deliver 101 short biographies of "Ancient Bastards" in [...]

    5. This is the sort of book that you just stick on a magazine rack in the bathroom or something to get a laugh out of once in a while. It is also good for small parties with a high history nerd content. The short bios are all quite humorous, with a sharp focus on the bizarre, and of course dastardly. My favorite entries were probably the papal ones: there was a pope who sold his seat to the highest bidder, a fifteen-yr-old pope who was just about as bad a religious leader as you might expect, and a [...]

    6. I admit that I was disappointed as to who was actually included in this book. I pretty much knew all about most of them, and they seemed to all group together in the same time period/area so that sometimes it just felt like the previous section being rehashed. There was also a really strong emphasis on Greece, Rome and England. I can think of several ancient bastards that should definitely have been included, but weren't because they weren't from one of those times/periods.Having said that, I li [...]

    7. Very lightweight, but entertaining. Bitesite profiles of various rulers throughout history (including a pope or two) and the villainy they got up to. To be a ruler in those days usually necessitated being the biggest bastard in the country if not the (sub)continent. These guys (and more than a few women) managed to earn their notoriety the hard way.

    8. Horrid. I was amused by the 'wit' that was used to describe the men and women in the table of contents, but after that, I was very disappointed. I was expecting a lot more bang for my buck, and a lot more historical detail then what I read here. I was unable to finish this book, and did not surpass the 10th page.

    9. On one end it was heavily Euro-centric, lacked any illustrations or visuals, and showed minimal citations. On the other end I found myself chuckling through the entire thing and being very entertained. Well done, Mr. Thornton!

    10. Terrible book. Very few of the 'bastards' are really bastards at all - or at least, the author doesn't provide any proof. Memo to author: an ancient king invading another country and winning doesn't make him a bastard.

    11. Tedious and tiresome. In the hands of someone who could do more than a dull, rote list it could have been interesting.

    12. I hope there are more in the 'Bastards' series. Is it any surprise that human history is filled with such personalities?

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