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Was the Battle of Hastings a French victory? 

Non! William the Conqueror was Norman and hated the French. 

Were the Brits really responsible for the death of Joan of Arc? 

Non! The French sentenced her to death for wearing trousers. 

Was the guillotine a French invention? 

Non! It was invented in Yorkshire. 

Ten centuries' worth of French historical 'facts' bite the dust as Stephen Clarke looks at what has really been going on since 1066.... 

©2020 Stephen Clarke (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Bought as a holiday read, BEST book I've ever read

I was so pleased with the book I bought the audiobook. It's a book that taught me some historical facts I didn't know in a very witty style that had me sniggering constantly. I loved the style do much I bought the other book 'how the French think they won the battle of Waterloo' on my way back through the airport.

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Totally enjoyed it

It's a bit like a long version of Horrible History. Learning through the use of humour. Kept me amused for several otherwise mundane journeys up and down the M6.

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Great factual book worth listening to

Very enjoyable read I recommend for all ages history at it's best it was an eye opening book

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Fantastically fun, and well read

It's a brilliant book, yes perhaps at the expense of the French, but more than this it is a love letter to both cultures and the sometimes healthy, sometimes unhealthy, rivalry between the two. The reading of it could not be any better, the writing is witty, and it is an absolute gem of a book, one of the few I can see myseof listening to time after time.

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Great stuff!

I bought the book back in 2012 during a stay in Rome and couldn't put it down: the most hilarious history book I've ever read. So I can attest that the present updated version is even more fun to listen to, owing not just to the material itself but also to the impecable narration. Justin Edwards's french accent was brilliantly deployed on all French quotes, to highlight their (French) annoyance.

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Absolutely hilarious

I loved this book and it helped make sense of the Anglo-French relationship. Wonderfully written and performed!

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Fun listen

Enjoyed it greatly, not sure of the historical accuracy though but still worth a listen