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Makers of History: Alfred the Great

(3 reviews)

Jacob Abbott

Book details

Jacob Abbott was an American writer of children's books. He was a prolific author, writing juvenile fiction, brief histories, biographies, religious books for the general reader, and a few works in popular science. He wrote 180 books and was a coauthor or editor of 31 more. He died in Farmington, Maine, where he had spent part of his time after 1839, and where his brother, Samuel Phillips Abbott, founded the Abbott School.

AUTHOR: Jacob Abbott

PAGE COUNT: 118 pages

SIZE: 5x8"

BINDING: Paperback

ISBN 10: 1947644165

ISBN-13: 9781947644168

PUB. DATE: 2017

Only one king of England has been given the title "the Great." And he certainly earned it.

Look Inside This Book

Get ready to be hooked by the complete story of his life -- and learn about one of England's most exciting kings at the same time! Alfred the Great inherited the throne in a troubled time. Vikings advanced deep into his realm and overthrew his power. He retreated to the swamps where legend says that he was so feeble that he couldn't even keep an eye on cakes and keep them from getting burned. However he would make a great comeback and create one of the strongest and most Christian dynasties in all of England's history.

This thrilling biography—written by Jacob Abbott and newly edited for younger readers—offers a glimpse into the life of a great Christian who recovered his kingdom and then went on to make it one of the greatest kingdoms in all Europe.

Alfred the Great is part of Makers of History, a 19th century biography series by two brothers—Jacob and John S.C. Abbott. Reprinted by Canon Press, these biographies have been edited and brought up-to-date for readers twelve and up. Not only are these editions given vintage style paperback covers, but they also include introductions that explain where these men and women fit into the timeline of history.

From the Book:

"Alfred the Great is, in a sense, the founder of the British monarchy. ... [Alfred] spent his life laying the foundations on which the enormous British empire was later built. If any of the tales which have come down to us are true, he was an honest, conscientious, fair, and far-seeing ruler. If the system of hereditary succession had always given us such kings, then the world’s monarchies would have survived much longer than they did." -From the book

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Tuan Q.

Easy to read, intriguing, holds your attention

Nette P.
great and engaging!

My 13 year old son loved it.

Bryan M.

As a gift, this was perfect for a precocious boy who loves biographies of presidents.

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