By Eva March Tappan
Tale of the lifetime of Alfred the good, how at twenty-two he inherited a land overrun by way of savage pirates,-a stressed ignorant, defenseless land, and the way he fought the Danes and restored the rustic to a situation of peace and defense. whilst he inherited his country at twenty-two, the king was once now not secure in his palace, the priest in his church. there has been little chance for agriculture; legislation weren't carried out; faculties had disappeared, the very desire to study had disappeared; the complete land used to be quickly sinking into lack of information and barbarism, and used to be exhausted by means of its sickening dread of the horrors that the following second may perhaps convey. to revive a land in this kind of situation to peace and quiet and defense and freedom from worry of injury, to set up church buildings and colleges, to make simply legislation, and spot to it that they have been justly executed-a guy may good were proud to have succeeded in doing anybody of this stuff; and for the fellow who led to these kinds of solid effects, no compliment will be too excessive. To him who, in the middle of the entire scuffling with and the weariness and the anxiousness and the temptation and the accountability, lived a relaxed, uncomplicated, unselfish, innocent existence, to him of the entire sovereigns of britain who've served their nation good, might the name, "The Great," so much justly accept.
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This edition, first published in 2010 by Yesterday's Classics, an imprint of Yesterday's Classics, LLC, is an unabridged republication of the work originally published by Lee and Shepard in 1900. This title is available in a print edition (ISBN 978-1-59915-035-2). Yesterday's Classics, LLC PO Box 3418 Chapel Hill, NC 27515 Yesterday's Classics Yesterday's Classics republishes classic books for children from the golden age of children's literature, the era from 1880 to 1920. Many of our titles are offered in high-quality paperback editions, with text cast in modern easy-to-read type for today's readers.
The bishop stood on the steps a minute, and raised his hand and blessed them. Then he, too, went in, and the tired and excited little child could have the rest that he so much needed. The palace was a little west of Saint Paul's Church and not far from the river. Around it were fields and woods; and to the westward, beyond the last straggling houses, were pastures and forests and fens and moors and commons and low-lying hills, a beautiful, restful country for tired people to look upon. The city was made up of small houses, hardly larger than huts, that seemed to have been dropped down anywhere; of convents and churches and fortresses; of rough, tumble-down sheds, and queer little dark shops in which were benches, a table, and some simple arrangements for cooking.
And she called one of her women. " The manuscript was brought, and the child watched with the deepest interest while the queen carefully unfolded the silken wrapping. She took out a parchment that was protected by a white leather covering. At the corners were bits of gold filigree work, and in the filigree was traced in enamel, in one corner the head of a lion, in the second that of a calf, in the third a man's face, and in the fourth a flying eagle. In the centre of the cover was a bright red stone that glowed in the light of the great wood fire.