Welcome to the Crazyverse: A collection of comic poems about famous people in history
By Keith SheppardFirst edition, 2012. Illustrations by Kern Stewart. Cathair na Mart: Evertype. ISBN 978-1-904808-85-5 (paperback), price: €9.95, £8.95, $12.95.
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Funny thing, history—at least, it can be. Amazingly, some people still think history is boring. That’s despite all the gory deaths, romance, intrigue, and people shooting at each other.
This collection of poems is loosely based on famous historical characters. Poems they may be, but not “poetry”. This is comedy in verse.
Some are pure fantasy—it’s unlikely Julius Caesar did his own grocery shopping, but where real events are mentioned, the facts are historically accurate.
For instance, any history student who commits The Amorous Adventures of Good King Henry to memory will know the names of all Henry VIII’s wives, in the correct order, and how each met her end.
What was the real story behind the gunpowder plot (and who was this guy called Fawkes)? What happened after the English Civil War? How did Rasputin meet a sticky end? All these questions and more are answered in this book.
So forget those boring history lessons. Let’s have a bit of fun together but beware. You may accidentally learn some history on the way…
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