Philip Ardagh's Book of Kings, Queens, Emperors and Rotten Wart-nosed Commoners by Philip Ardagh

Philip Ardagh's Book of Kings, Queens, Emperors and Rotten Wart-nosed Commoners

Written by Philip Ardagh

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History as it is never taught in schools is given a stylish brush up in this witty guide to all kinds of obscure events – some with more truth than others – never heard before but important to know. Obscure facts, like how Emperor Nero sneaked poison into his brother Britannicus’ drink which gives a vivid example of his legendary cruelty, bring the past to life by revealing the characters in it. Dipping in and out of this feast of fine stories is a delight – and informative too.


Philip Ardagh's Book of Kings, Queens, Emperors and Rotten Wart-nosed Commoners by Philip Ardagh

PARP! Pssst! Do you know the story about Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) and the, er, farting courtier? One day, when bowing low to Her Majesty, the Earl of Oxford couldn't help but break wind. The poor man felt SO embarrassed that he left the court - and some say the country - for SEVEN years. Upon his return, after such a long absence, the first thing Good Queen bess said on seeing him was, Lord, I had forgot the fart!

About the Author

Philip Ardagh

Philip Ardagh was our Guest Editor in May 2010. Click here to see the books that inspired him.

Philip Ardagh, whose very first Grubtown Tale won him the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, is author of numerous books including the award-winning Eddie Dickens adventures, which have been translated into over 30 languages.

He wrote BBC Radio’s first truly interactive radio drama, collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on his first children’s book and is a ‘regularly irregular’ reviewer of children’s books for the Guardian. Married with a son, he divides his time between Tunbridge Wells and Grubtown, where he cultivates his impressive beard.

And if your children love Grubtown then do get them to go to

Drawing on the weird and wonderful characters and settings from the Grubtown books, features six distinct Grubtown locations – including the Daily Herald newspaper office, the Duckhouse/Museum and Smoky’s cinema. The site incorporates fun audio and video - what more could you ask for!

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Publication date

30th November 1999




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