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Histories of the Unexpected


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Dr Sam Willis is the author of ten books, including In the Hour of Victory and The Struggle for Sea Power, and has presented eight television series for the BBC and National Geographic. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

James Daybell is Professor of Early Modern British History at the University of Plymouth, where he is Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He has written eight books and has appeared in a number of historical BBC TV documentaries.


History as you've never seen it before. -- Dan Snow
Irreverent, witty and fabulously well-informed, Histories of the Unexpected is a blast of historical treats and full to the gunwales of extraordinary connections and trivia from the past. -- James Holland
History isn't straightforward. It's a complex web of twists and turns. This book will show you how surprising, exciting and downright unexpected history can be. -- Janina Ramirez
This is a wonderful, eclectic and entertaining history of everything, full of fascinating, surprising stories. -- Suzannah Lipscomb

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