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Karen Dolby

History's Naughty Bits

Karen Dolby is a freelance editor and writer. Among her books are History's Naughty Bits, Oranges and Lemons: Rhymes from Past Times and Homework Help for Mums and Dads, all published by Michael O'Mara Books. She lives and writes in south London.
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    Akshat Tiwarishared an impression7 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot
    💞Loved Up

    Humourous, riveting and every bit interesting this book enthralls you and takes you the seedier side of humanity

    Victoria Dembrovskashared an impression3 years ago
    💡Learnt A Lot
    🌴Beach Bag Book

    miwakoshared an impressionlast year
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    Victoria Dembrovskahas quoted3 years ago
    One of the most outrageous stories concerned Vedius Pollio, who fed slaves at will to the lamprey eels in his fishpond if they displeased him. This was deemed shockingly cruel, even by Roman standards, and Emperor Augustus himself intervened on behalf of a slave. One evening, when Augustus was dining with Vedius Pollio, a slave broke a crystal cup. To save the terrified servant, Augustus proceeded to smash all the crystal cups at the table.

    When Augustus inherited Vedius’s magnificent villa on his death, he had it demolished so that the house would not remain as a monument to its evil owner.
    Yanna Yannahas quotedlast year
    For many men, the only point in marrying was to have legitimate heirs
    Victoria Dembrovskahas quoted3 years ago
    In fact, vibrators were one of the first appliances to be electrified in the late nineteenth century, not long after the sewing machine but well ahead of the vacuum cleaner. It seems the Victorians had their priorities right.

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