Great Bastards of History: True and Riveting Accounts of the Most Famous Illegitimate Children Who Went on to Achieve Greatness


For much of history and across most of the world, being born out of wedlock--a love child, a bastard--was a serious impediment to success. Illegitimate offspring were subject to neglect, abandonment, disinheritance, and social exclusion, and often found the usual routes to education, wealth, and status blocked. Surmounting these obstacles required tremendous fortitude and persistence. Great Bastards of History" brings together the captivating and stirring stories of fifteen remarkable and influential people who overcame the ...

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