It Ended Badly

It Ended Badly

Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History

Book - 2015
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A history of heartbreak-replete with beheadings, uprisings, creepy sex dolls, and celebrity gossip-and its disastrously bad consequences throughout time

Spanning eras and cultures from ancient Rome to medieval England to 1950s Hollywood, Jennifer Wright's It Ended Badly guides you through the worst of the worst in historically bad breakups. In the throes of heartbreak, Emperor Nero had just about everyone he ever loved-from his old tutor to most of his friends-put to death. Oscar Wilde's lover, whom he went to jail for , abandoned him when faced with being cut off financially from his wealthy family and wrote several self-serving books denying the entire affair. And poor volatile Caroline Lamb sent Lord Byron one hell of a torch letter and enclosed a bloody lock of her own pubic hair. Your obsessive social media stalking of your ex isn't looking so bad now, is it?
With a wry wit and considerable empathy, Wright digs deep into the archives to bring these thirteen terrible breakups to life. She educates, entertains, and really puts your own bad breakup conduct into perspective. It Ended Badly is for anyone who's ever loved and lost and maybe sent one too many ill-considered late-night emails to their ex, reminding us that no matter how badly we've behaved, no one is as bad as Henry VIII.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781627792868
1627792864
Characteristics: xii, 240 pages :,illustrations

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Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Jun 30, 2016

This a collection of 13 breakup stories that are guaranteed to make anyone feel better about their romantic history. I enjoyed the lighthearted tone and the heavy sprinkling of pop culture references. Overall this was a super easy, fun read and you come away with a little bit of extra history knowledge!

CMLibrary_sdeason Jan 27, 2016

Wonderful telling of history! For a regular fiction reader, this is a fantastic non-fiction book.

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devonthelibrarian
Dec 21, 2015

One of the best books I have read about terrible break ups. You won't feel so bad about the poor choices in dating when you read this.

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