Why is Italy called Italy? How old is curry? Which people from
history would best pull off a casino heist? Who was the richest person
of all time? When was the first Monday? What were history's weirdest
medical procedures that actually worked? How much horse manure was
splattered on the streets of Tudor London? How fast was the medieval
Chinese postal system? What did the Flintstones get right about the
Stone Age? Who gets to name historical eras, and what will ours be
called in 100 years' time? How do we know how people sounded in the
past? How old is sign language?
In Ask a Historian the
author, BBC podcaster, and public historian Greg Jenner provides answers
to things you always wondered about, but didn't know who to ask.
Responding to 50 genuine questions from the public, Greg whisks you off
on an entertaining tour through the ages, revealing the best and most
surprising stories, facts, and historical characters from the past.
Bouncing through a wide range of subjects - from ancient jokebooks,
African empires, and bizarre tales of medicinal cannibalism, to the
invention of meringues, mirrors, and menstrual pads - Ask A Historian
spans the Stone Age to the Swinging Sixties, and offers up a
deliciously amusing and informative smorgasbord of historical
curiosities, devoured one morsel at a time.
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