Fake History: From Mozart's Murder to Cleopatra's Asp (Paperback)

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Fake History is an entertaining romp through the centuries, uncovering the fundamental inaccuracies and misleading parts of our past.

As Napoleon himself once said, 'History is a version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.' Noted down in historical documents, copied and widely repeated, it doesn't take long for a version of the truth to become accepted as fact. But who invents these false accounts in the first place, and why do they gain traction so quickly?

Far from concerning the obscure and insignificant parts of our history, these fundamental inaccuracies and downright lies color the depiction of many of those pivotal characters and events we learned about at school. Cleopatra, Marco Polo, Captain Cook, Joan of Arc; most of us could reel off a fact or two about each. But as this intriguing book reveals, a closer examination of these core parts of our social and political history shows that often all was not as it seemed, and that the agendas of those responsible for recording these events had a huge impact on what was reported and what was covered up.

Perfect for:
• Fans of quirky historical facts
• Readers looking for a different, entertaining look at history

About the Author


Graeme Donald is the author of a number of books about history, the meaning of words and popular misconceptions, including When the Earth was Flat, The Accidental Scientist, The Long and the Short of It and Learn on the Loo. His writing has also appeared in many newspapers.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781789293623
ISBN-10: 1789293626
Publisher: Michael O'Mara
Publication Date: May 1st, 2022
Pages: 256
Language: English