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MAY 7, 2009
Raucous Royals by Carlyn Beccia

If you're looking for "history with a difference," dive into Raucous Royals.  Author, Carlyn Beccia uses codes, gossip, old love letters, and outstanding deductive powers to interest young readers in her chosen historical personages.  In each of twelve cases, she first presents a rumor about a monarch with all attendant details.  Then she asks, "True or False?  Upon turning the page, one finds a wealth of material giving the author's best assessment as to the rumor's truthfulness or lack thereof.  Did Richard III murder his two nephews?  Was Prince Dracula a real vampire?  Was Henry VIII too fat to walk?  Did Elizabeth I order the execution of her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots?  Is it true that Louis XIV only took three baths in his lifetime?  Read, as these tales and others are supported or disproved; then find out how to research a rumor.  Cleverly illustrated and fast-paced, this treatment should tempt readers 10 - 14 to take a peek at royal foibles while learning that truth is sometimes much more unbelievable than fiction.

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