France (Horrible Histories Special)

France (Horrible Histories Special)

Terry Deary

Language: English

Pages: 70

ISBN: 1407111841

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Readers can discover all the foul facts about FRANCE, including which king thought he was made of glass, why French bread was once made from broken tiles and bricks and how to play hopscotch like a French highwayman. In ebook format, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans.

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vicious murderer in French history but he didn’t get a very fair trial, so we’ll never really know the truth. Mastering Marelle The highway robbers of 1400s France didn’t spend all their time cutting throats and pinching purses. Oh, no. They enjoyed spending their stolen money as fast as they could in towns like Dijon. There they ate, drank and gambled away their loot. When they lost their money they went out and robbed someone else. One of their favourite gambling games was called Marelle.

Histories warning: Marelle can be a rough game the way the highwaymen played it. Don’t be surprised at these cut-throat robbers playing hopscotch. It was first invented in the early Roman Empire and Roman soldiers used it as a training game. The Roman kids copied it. Teetotum This is a gambling game with no skill – just luck. Very popular among the good-for-nothing slubberdegulions of France. You can try it – gambling for pebbles – just to see how easy it is to lose a fortune. You need: A

of the Catholics in Paris joined in. Catholics wore white crosses on their hats, and went around butchering their Protestant neighbours with the help of soldiers. • The killing went on for three days or so, with the King unable to bring the whole thing under control. • The massacres spread outside of Paris over the next few months. Some thought they had orders from the Crown to kill all the Protestants. • Many people gave up their Protestant religion. Yet again a rebellion had been crushed by

as a reward for their killing. French kings hunted foxes for fun. But wimpy Henry IV didn’t like getting wet. He had trees, grass and rocks brought into the palace, then a fox was set free and they hunted indoors. 8 Fat falcons It wasn’t all bad news for animals and birds. Half a mile outside the walls of Paris was Montfaucon – or ‘Falcon Hill’. How did it get its name? Because it was a popular place with falcons? They found lots of food there? Yes, and no. The kind peasants of Paris didn’t

never be certain, but the finger of suspicion points at the French royal family who didn’t want the great man to return … ever. Nineteenth-century nonsense Here are a few fascinating facts for you to bring up at the school dinner table – and some of them may make your mates bring up their school dinners! Entertain everyone and become the most popular person at lunch – just turn to the person next to you and say: ‘It’s strange, but true…’ The three men were accused of plotting against Louis

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