As an apprentice barber surgeon of the 1500s you are embarking on a career in which you will have to treat the gruesome diseases of people who are ill. From plague victims to wounded soldiers, you treat them all, with the help of leeches for blood-letting and false noses and ears. You even attend King Henry VIII in his final days, and then his daughter, Elizabeth I. You'll soon learn that you really wouldn't want to be ill in Tudor times!
Think again! This delightful series brings something unusual to the study of history: humor. You Wouldn't Want to... revels in the darker side of life in ancient times. The reader is on center stage as he or she gets a tour through life as a slave, warrior, explorer -- even a mummy! Hilarious illustrations, captions, and sidebars leave no doubt that you simply wouldn't want to be there.