This latest book in the Deadly! Irish History series is jam-packed with all kinds of well-researched and fun facts and madcap stories (including a swashbuckling adventure called Seamus the Sinister Swordsman) about the Normans. It covers Strongbow and the Norman invasion and the broad sweep of medieval life in Ireland, showing how the people lived, played, and what they worked at (from the castle builders, chandlers, weavers, millers, to the leech collectors, medicine women, spit-boys and professional farters!) There is a spotlight on Irish castles throughout the island of Ireland with Deadly! Data on 40, including how and when they were built, fascinating facts about them and the people who lived there and their haunting scores. John Farrelly takes the reader inside castles and tower houses with detailed drawings and interactive puzzles, searches, true and false features and a good sprinkling of Deadly! craft (make your own castle, shield, sword and even crossbow!). And if you are hungry there is always the Norman recipe for roast hedgehog for tea!
Great for Ages 8-11.