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Popular Children S Literature In Britain

Author : Julia Briggs
ISBN : 1840142421
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Responding to the astonishing success of J. K. Rowling and other contemporary authors, the editors of this timely volume take up the challenge of assessing the complex interplay of forces that have generated, and sometimes sustained, the popularity of children's books. Ranging from eighteenth-century chapbooks to the stories of Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl, and from science schoolbooks to Harry Potter, these essays show how authorial talent operates within its cultural context to make a children's classic.
Category: Literary Criticism

Britannia

Author : Geraldine McCaughrean
ISBN : 1858816807
Genre : Great Britain
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These are the stories of Britain¿s past that children in England, Scotland and Wales used to grow up on. Often discredited, in many cases virtually forgotten, they are nonetheless wonderful tales that will give present-day children a sense of the excitement of history. King Canute, Lady Godiva, Guy Fawkes, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Grace Darling and other famous names live again in these 100 tragic, comic, stirring tales of adventure, folly and wickedness. Spanning nearly three thousand years, and including stories as up-to-date as Live Aid and the Braer Oil Tanker disaster, each story includes a note on what really happened, and there is an index and a list of further reading. This is a unique book with a very wide appeal. It is not a history textbook, simply a collection of stories by a consummate children's writer who has retold in her own inimitable way 100 stories that children will enjoy. Richard Brassey¿s brilliant illustrations on every page bring the characters to life with wit, humour and fascinating period detail.
Category: Great Britain

Great Tales From British History

Author : Robert Gambles
ISBN : 9781445613499
Genre : History
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From Alfred the Great to the Angels of Mons, Robert Gambles tests the truth of forty famous stories. Examines forty legends and stories from the beginning of recorded history to the First World War.
Category: History

Convicts In The Colonies

Author : Lucy Williams
ISBN : 1526756315
Genre : History
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In the eighty years between 1787 and 1868 more than 160,000 men, women and children convicted of everything from picking pockets to murder were sentenced to be transported 'beyond the seas'. These convicts were destined to serve out their sentences in the empire's most remote colony: Australia. Through vivid real-life case studies and famous tales of the exceptional and extraordinary, Convicts in the Colonies narrates the history of convict transportation to Australia - from the first to the final fleet. Using the latest original research, Lucy Williams reveals a fascinating century-long history of British convicts unlike any other. Covering everything from crime and sentencing in Britain and the perilous voyage to Australia, to life in each of the three main penal colonies - New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia - this book charts the lives and experiences of the men and women who crossed the world and underwent one of the most extraordinary punishment in history.
Category: History

The Rough Guide To Great Britain

Author : Rough Guides
ISBN : 9780241236161
Genre : Travel
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Full-colour throughout, The Rough Guide to Britain is the ultimate guide to Rough Guides' home patch. With 30 years experience and our trademark 'tell it like it is' writing style, Rough Guides cover all the basics with practical, on-the-ground details, as well as unmissable alternatives to the usual must-see sights. At the top of your list and guaranteed to get you value for money, each guide also reviews the best accommodation and restaurants in all price brackets. We know there are times for saving, and times for splashing out. In The Rough Guide to Britain: - Over 50 colour-coded maps featuring every listing - Area-by-area chapter highlights - Top 5 boxes - Things not to miss section Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Britain.
Category: Travel

King Arthur

Author : Daniel Mersey
ISBN : 9781782009375
Genre : Fiction
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From his court at Camelot, King Arthur ruled over a unified Britain in a mythical age of peace and prosperity. His glory, however, would be short-lived. For even as he drew the sword from the stone, a doom settled over Arthur that would see his kingdom fall to betrayal and war. In this book, Daniel Mersey retells the great stories of Arthur, from his winning of Excalibur and his marriage to Guinevere, through his battle with the giant in France and his war against the army of Rome to the treachery of Mordred and his death at Camlann. Supporting this narrative is an exploration of the different facets of Arthurian myth, including the numerous conflicting theories of his historical origin, the tales of Welsh folklore and Medieval romance, and even his various portrayals in the modern media. Presented with both classic and newly commissioned artwork this book is an easy-to-read, yet highly detailed introduction to the complex body of myth and legend that surrounds Britain's greatest hero.
Category: Fiction

Staffordshire Folk Tales

Author : Johnny Gillett
ISBN : 0752465643
Genre : Folklore
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These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most fascinating counties are vividly retold by local storyteller The Journey Man. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these thirty stories from Staffordshire reflect the wisdom (and eccentricities) of the county and its people. Staffordshire has a rich and diverse collection of tales, from the stories of some of Britain's most famous mythical heroes, to tales of demons, dragons, boggarts and brownies. These stories, illustrated with twenty-five line drawings, bring alive the landscape of the county's moorlands, forests and fertile plains.
Category: Folklore

Famous Tales Of Fact And Fancy

Author : Various
ISBN : EAN:4064066240288
Genre : Fiction
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"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.
Category: Fiction

Famous Tales Of Fact And Fancy Myths And Legends Of The Nations Of The World Retold For Boys And Girls

Author : Various Authors
ISBN : 9781613106778
Genre : Fiction
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Many, many centuries ago there lived two brothers, Prometheus or Forethought, and Epimetheus or Afterthought. They were the sons of those Titans who had fought against Jupiter and been sent in chains to the great prison-house of the lower world, but for some reason had escaped punishment. Prometheus, however, did not care for idle life among the gods on Mount Olympus. Instead he preferred to spend his time on the earth, helping men to find easier and better ways of living. For the children of earth were not happy as they had been in the golden days when Saturn ruled. Indeed, they were very poor and wretched and cold, without fire, without food, and with no shelter but miserable caves. “With fire they could at least warm their bodies and cook their food,” Prometheus thought, “and later they could make tools and build houses for themselves and enjoy some of the comforts of the gods.” So Prometheus went to Jupiter and asked that he might be permitted to carry fire to the earth. But Jupiter shook his head in wrath. “Fire, indeed!” he exclaimed. “If men had fire they would soon be as strong and wise as we who dwell on Olympus. Never will I give my consent.” Prometheus made no reply, but he didn't give up his idea of helping men. “Some other way must be found,” he thought. Then, one day, as he was walking among some reeds he broke off one, and seeing that its hollow stalk was filled with a dry, soft pith, exclaimed: “At last! In this I can carry fire, and the children of men shall have the great gift in spite of Jupiter.” Immediately, taking a long stalk in his hands, he set out for the dwelling of the sun in the far east. He reached there in the early morning, just as Apollo's chariot was about to begin its journey across the sky. Lighting his reed, he hurried back, carefully guarding the precious spark that was hidden in the hollow stalk. Then he showed men how to build fires for themselves, and it was not long before they began to do all the wonderful things of which Prometheus had dreamed. They learned to cook and to domesticate animals and to till the fields and to mine precious metals and melt them into tools and weapons. And they came out of their dark and gloomy caves and built for themselves beautiful houses of wood and stone. And instead of being sad and unhappy they began to laugh and sing. “Behold, the Age of Gold has come again,” they said.
Category: Fiction

Suffolk Folk Tales

Author : Kirsty Hartsiotis
ISBN : 9780752492940
Genre : History
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With its wild eroding sea, its gentle rolling fields and tall churches, Suffolk is a county of contrasts. It may seem a kindly and civilised place, but in that sea, in the reed beds, the woods and even down dark town streets lurk strange beasts, ghosts and tricksters. These thirty traditional tales retold by storyteller Kirsty Hartsiotis take you into a hidden world of green children and wildmen, of lovers from beyond the grave and tricksy fairy folk. Shaped by generations of Suffolk mardle and wit, in these stories you’ll discover the county’s last dragon, the secret behind Black Shuck, saintly King Edmund and heroic King Raedwald, haunted airfields, broken-hearted mermaids and the exploits of the county’s cunning folk. Embark on this journey around Suffolk and you’ll find you’re never far from a story.
Category: History

The Rough Guide To Camping In Britain 2

Author : Rough Guides
ISBN : 9781409358954
Genre : Travel
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The Rough Guide to Camping in Britain reviews over three hundred of the country's best campsites, travelling from Scilly to Shetland, taking in Yorkshire hills, Hampshire glampsites, Welsh Islands and Highland co-operatives. This, the second edition, features new campsites that have caught our attention since the first editon, and has been thoroughly researched and updated. Written by campers for campers, Rough Guides' writers have visited sites across the country, checking out views, testing the shower temperatures and spending night after night under canvas. The Rough Guide to Camping in Britain explores everything from equipment and cooking to glamping, wild camping and festivals. Full-colour throughout, its pictures bring the splendid sites to life, whilst indexes, maps and lists arranged by category help you move through the guide with ease. The Rough Guide to Camping in Britain is the complete companion for novice campers who don't know where to start and experienced tent-riggers looking for a new destination. Whether you want snug tipis and creature comforts or simple sites in stunning wilderness locations, this guide has it covered. Now available in PDF format.
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Le Morte Darthur The Seventh Eighth Tales

Author : Sir Thomas Malory
ISBN : 9781603843881
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"P. J. C. Field, the world's preeminent Malory specialist, has wisely chosen to offer here Malory's seventh and eighth tales, recounting the decline and end of Camelot. The authoritative text is accompanied by indispensable notes and preceded by a remarkably thorough and learned--but never obscure--Introduction sufficient to prepare students and other readers to profit fully from the texts. This book is ideal for those coming to Malory for the first time and a distinct pleasure for those who already know him well." --Norris J. Lacy, E. E. Sparks Professor of French and Medieval Studies, Penn State University "An extended introduction treats the Arthurian legend and Malory's sources, as well as the cultural contexts of the book, including the probable events of Malory's own life. The commentary is expanded from the first edition to offer detailed explanatory notes. Unfamiliar terms are glossed at the bottom of the page and a full glossary included. The scholarship is, as would be expected from Malory's great modern editor and biographer, comprehensive and impeccable." --Medium Aevum
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