Horrible Histories: Top 50 Villains

A laugh-out-loud rogues’ gallery. Hide if you hear this lot coming! Who are the villains you should most avoid on a dark and stormy night? (Or any time, really.) Find out in this totally horrible book, packed full with foul facts, loathsome lists and vile villains! Who made flutes from the bones of his unlucky victims? Who escaped prison by locking a policeman in the cells? Who drowned his brother in a barrel of wine? From grotty gangsters to manic murderers, take a good look at these crooks – from a safe distance!

  • Laugh-out-loud look at history’s top 50 baddies
  • Hilarious full-colour profiles and bite-size facts
  • From classic team Terry Deary and Martin Brown
  • Exciting history that really sticks in your mind

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    this book is incredible it shows 50 villains from around the world I enjoyed reading about all of them but my favourite was emperor Tiberius of Rome. terry Dearies amazing and informative facts plus martin browns incredible illustrations are the perfect combo.

    8 February 2019

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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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    Martin Brown

    Martin Brown was born in Australia but currently lives in Dorset. In 1993, he illustrated the first of the HORRIBLE HISTORIES, and has now contributed to more than 60 titles in the series.


    Blue Peter, Best Factual Book 2002 for Terrible Tudors

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