Horrible Histories Handbooks: Pirates

Forget brave heroes swinging from masts and handsome young sailors on the seven seas. Being a pirate was ghastly! From the disgusting death of a thousand cuts to salty sea-dog slang, here’s the gore – and much more! See just who was the baddest buccaneer of the bunch in the terrible pirate top ten! Discover why women pirates were as wicked as the men! Learn to speak in perilous pirate patter! History has never been so horrible!

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  • a good and funny way to learn history, i have all of the books and i really enjoy all the different series!

    6 March 2013

  • its a good book

    6 March 2013

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    I barely flicked through this book so I have some nerve saying I`ve read it! I enjoyed learning the lingo and looking at the Blackbeard flags. Check out the Blackbeard song on the website.

    8 August 2010

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    funny really funny

    27 September 2008

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    Terry Deary

    Terry is a former actor, theatre-director and Drama teacher and currently lives in County Durham. He has written over 150 books in the UK, including 44 Horrible Histories titles, and was voted the fifth most popular living children’s author in a 2005 Guardian survey.


    Terry Deary won the 2001 Blue Peter Prize for Rotten Romans.

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