Horrible Histories: Cruel Crime

History gets even more horrible when you’re on the wrong side of the law! From vile villains to dark dungeons and cruel convict ships sailing to Australia, get the whole horrible story of past punishments and crimes! Find out who was sentenced to death by coffee, where you could be whipped for flying a kite, and why a cockerel was burnt at the stake. Learn the truth about savage school beatings, test the wits of your local policeman – and see if you can escape a brutal beheading in the Tower of London game! It’s history with all the nasty bits!

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  • loved it

    A good book!

    9 March 2013

  • a good way to learn about the worst crimes in history, i have all of the books & really enjoy all the different series!

    6 March 2013

  • its a good book

    6 March 2013

  • Horrible Histories are by FAR the funniest way to learn about history. Pretty awesome!

    6 March 2013

  • Great learning about historical crimes :)

    5 March 2013

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    Terry Deary

    Terry is a former actor, theatre-director and Drama teacher and currently lives in County Durham. He has written over 150 books in the UK, including 44 Horrible Histories titles, and was voted the fifth most popular living children’s author in a 2005 Guardian survey.


    Terry Deary won the 2001 Blue Peter Prize for Rotten Romans.

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