The Great Cat Massacre: A History of Britain in 100 Mistakes

The Great Cat Massacre: A History of Britain in 100 Mistakes

Gareth Rubin


In 1914, a teach pulled right into a provincial British railway station. The porter, a curious chap, requested the regiment of squaddies the place they have been from. "Ross-shire," one known as down, however the porter heard "Russia." And so all started a rumor that ended in Germany wasting global conflict I. usually the background we study in class is barely part the tale. We pay attention of heroic deeds and visionary leaders, yet we by no means pay attention concerning the those who became up overdue for courtroom and thereby replaced the legislations, or who stood within the fallacious queue at collage and by chance received a Nobel Prize. the nice Cat bloodbath: A heritage of england in a hundred error demonstrates that the state is as a lot a made of mistakes as layout. via chapters on faith, legislation, tradition, warfare, technological know-how, and politics, it unearths things like how an edict from Pope Gregory IX helped unfold the Black dying, how the sister of cricketer John Willes invented overarm bowling, and the way, had a letter now not been misplaced, Disraeli may by no means became major minister. This e-book is background informed via human failings, schoolboy mistakes, undesirable success, and striking effects; a background of mishearing, misdiagnosis, and misinterpretation—a heritage that you just won’t locate within the textbooks.

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