Emma Marriott

Bad History

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So many historical 'truths' handed down by teachers or historians, and repeated by the press, prove on closer scrutiny to be at best misleading, and at worst deliberately falsified. Yet they are often so deeply rooted that we take them as fact — America's Founding Fathers must have been democrats, surely, and wasn't Captain Scott 'of the Antarctic' one of history's greatest leaders?
Some historical 'facts' are little more than fables, distorted in the retelling; others are the result of deliberate attempts to mislead, or to cover up a discreditable past. Entertaining but authoritative, Bad History debunks a wealth of historical errors, accidental or deliberate. In doing so, it exposes many falsehoods that have wrongly — and sometimes dangerously — influenced our understanding of the world's history.
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    lazyhaghas quoted5 years ago
    Britannia remained a troublesome and unenthusiastic member of the Roman Empire, which never fully embraced the far-flung ideals of Ancient Rome.
    boxersfriendhas quoted5 years ago
    Imprisoned in various French jails, it was said his face was always covered either by a black velvet cloth or an iron mask, and that he was guarded by two men ready to kill him should he remove his disguise
    boxersfriendhas quoted5 years ago
    I considered the safety of my party before the value of the records … apparently Scott did not

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