The written word has robbed us of chunks of history. As long as history was an aural construct, anyone could record anything and it survived as long as it was repeated by subsequent generations. Historians always claim that only written history is legitimate and accurate, even though there is much evidence to the contrary. A written history requires literate people to record it and they are part of the privileged of their age. That privilege implied patronage and patrons always want to be well-remembered. That inevitably means that history is mostly about the famous, the rich, the powerful, the venial, the political, and the arrogant. The author has produced a very novel alternative history. It is a powerful and serious subject but it includes humour and irreverence. An engaging book that rewards the reader.