Stormin' Normans (Horrible Histories)
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Readers can discover all the foul facts about the STORMIN' NORMANS, including why Norman knights slept with a dolly, which pirate hung up his eye-patch and became a saint and why Crusader ships were defended with barrels of pee. With a bold, accessible new look and a heap of extra-horrible bits, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans.
want to play Bubble beaters Children in Norman times enjoyed blowing bubbles just as children (and some sad grown-ups) do today. The Norman children didn’t have plastic loops – they used hollow stalks of straw. Instead of washing-up liquid they’d use Norman bath soap, but it worked the same. If you want to check… You need: a teaspoon of washing-up liquid stirred in half a cup of water drinking straws a watch with a second hand To play: Place one end of a straw in the mixture. Blow gently
exercise for horse soldiers. The Muslims were playing it when the Normans arrived in the Holy Land and the Crusaders copied it. Norman boys training to be knights would enjoy it. (Peasants like you and me couldn’t afford the horses, of course.) There could be dozens on each side and it was more like war than a ball game. In Persia the queen and her ladies played it but the Crusaders would never have allowed women to join in. (Probably for the same reason men don’t like women to play in their
The English danced over eggs. Not so brave as the Scots – unless there’s a very angry hen in the room. You may like to try this in the kitchen. Place half a dozen eggs on the floor, turn on the radio and dance around. Too easy, you say? Fine! Try it blindfolded. 4 a) The recipe for Greek Fire has been lost since it was used in the Middle Ages. We can’t test the fire-fighting methods to see if they’d work. But the Normans believed that throwing sand over the Greek Fire or pouring pee on it was
goes that William decided to settle Conan and got one of Conan’s lords to take the count’s hunting horn and gloves. These were smeared with poison. When Count Conan went hunting he wiped his mouth with the poisoned glove and died. He was really out for the count! Was William really guilty of this murder? Possibly, though Conan died two months after the Normans landed at Hastings. It’s a lesson to us all: a) don’t wipe your mouth on the back of your glove or b) get your teacher to taste your
Edward was buried today. That’s a bit quick! His body can hardly be cold! And Harold Godwinson is crowned king. He didn’t hang around did he? It will all end in tears, you mark my words. February That William of Normandy is upset! He’s sent some of his lords over to England with a message for King Harold. The message says. . . 1 Two years ago you promised that I would be King of England when Edward the Confessor died. 2 We also agreed that your sister would marry my son, while you married my