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Kings and Queens: Alfred to Ethelred
Music: Thomas Arne
England’s rulers from the only one named ‘the Great’, to the king who lost his crown to the Danes.

THE first steps towards a Kingdom of England were taken by Alfred the Great, King of Wessex on the south coast.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Brake. Break.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Knife. Push. Fall.

Use together in one sentence: South. Comparable. Elder.

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Alfred Learns To Read
Music: Sir William Sterndale Bennett
Even as a child, King Alfred couldn’t resist a challenge.

AT twelve years old, Alfred had not been taught to read; although, of the sons of King Ethelwulf, he, the youngest, was the favourite.

But he had — as most men who grow up to be great and good are generally found to have had — an excellent mother.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Learn. Teach.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Book. Read. Name.

Use together in one sentence: Read. Whose. Painted.

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How Alfred Burnt the Cakes
A popular tale of scorched cakes and a scolded king.

ALFRED was only twenty-two years old when he came to the throne, and the kingdom was overrun everywhere with the Danes.

At last he had so very few faithful men left him, that he thought it wise to send them away, and take refuge in the Somersetshire marsh country.

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Lessons in British values for a Future King
Music: Thomas Arne
‘Rule Britannia’ was a discreet way of telling a German prince what was expected of a British King.

THOMAS Arne’s Masque ‘Alfred’ was first performed for Frederick, Prince of Wales, in 1740.

It was a drama about King Alfred, who in the 9th century defeated the invading Danes, united the petty kingdoms of England, and established the first English navy.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Fortuitous. Fortunate.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Keep. Source. Limit.

Use together in one sentence: Prosperity. Lesson. Own.

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King Alfred and the Beggar
An everyday act of charity triggered off a series of extraordinary events.

EARLY in his reign, King Alfred was driven out of the Kingdom of Wessex by the invading Danes.

With a handful of loyal men, he took refuge in a house in Glastonbury, which at that time was a hill completely surrounded by water.

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