2015 Festival

Fascinating Footnotes from History

Published: August 14, 2019 by source

With Giles Milton

Did you know that Hitler took cocaine? That Stalin robbed a bank? Were you aware that Agatha Christie went missing for eleven days? That Charlie Chaplin’s corpse was filched and held to ransom? Or that Churchill slaughtered sheep? Do you know who really killed Rasputin? Fascinating Footnotes From History details one hundred of the quirkiest historical nuggets; extraordinary stories that read like fiction but are one hundred per cent fact. Peopled with a gallery of spies, rogues, cannibals, adventurers and slaves, and spanning twenty centuries and six continents, the book sheds light on some of the most infamous stories and most flamboyant and colourful characters from history.

Giles Milton is a writer and historian. He is the internationally bestselling author of Nathaniel’s Nutmeg, Big Chief ElizabethThe Riddle and the KnightWhite GoldSamurai WilliamParadise LostWolfram and Russian Roulette.

Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 26 September 2015.