Alfred the Great by Andrew Matthews


Alfred the Great by Andrew Matthews

Each title in this series tells the story of a man or woman whose dedication to their chosen cause led to changes that affect all our lives today. Each includes a vivid description of the world in which the famous person lived. This book shows how the life of this early English king is really the history of how several small kingdoms began to draw together to form what is now England. The reader learns how Alfred fought off Vikings and Danes - invaders who had grabbed land and wanted to take more - and showed them how to live in peace together. The life of Alfred - the only English king ever given the title 'Great' - is perfectly pitched against those turbulent times by means of a vivid narrative and well-drawn illustrations.

About the Author

Angela Barrett completed a Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art, London and was taught by Quentin Blake. Upon leaving, Angela turned almost immediately to illustration as a career. Her first book was The King, The Cat and The Fiddle, for A&C Black, which was runner up in the Mother Goose Award in 1984. Since then, Angela has illustrated titles and designed book covers for well over 30 titles. Recognition of her work came with the Smarties Prize in 1988 for Can It Be True?, the WH Smith Illustration Award in 1991 for The Hidden House and being shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award in 1984 and 1989 and the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1993 for Beware, Beware! The Orchard Book of Stories from the Ballet and The Orchard Book of Shakespeare Stories are exquisitely illustrated by Angela and are regarded as definitive collections. Angela has become a leading figure in illustration and her unique talent is recognised internationally. Her artwork regularly features in exhibitions and is highly collectable. Angela lives in London.

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48 pages


Andrew Matthews
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Publication date

11th April 2002



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