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The Princess who Hid in a Tree

An Anglo-Saxon Story

1st Edition

With Illustrations by Alan Marks
A long time ago, there was a brave and kind Anglo-Saxon princess called Frideswide who lived in Oxford, England and just happened to be brilliant at climbing very tall trees. One day, when a wicked king tried to kidnap her, her talent came in useful. How did she and her friends escape, and what happened to the king and his soldiers who tried to take her?

With stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Alan Marks, the legend of Saint Frideswide, patron saint of Oxford, is retold for young children as a tale of adventure, courage in the face of danger, friendship, and kindness, with a few surprises along the way.  

40 pages | Illustrated in color throughout | 8 x 9 3/4 | © 2019

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The Princess who Hid in a Tree is a charming re-telling of a celebrated story from Oxford’s history. The beautifully illustrated book introduces young readers to Frideswide’s story in a fresh and immediate way. It’s impossible not to cheer on a princess who decides for herself how she wishes to live her life.”

Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

“The lovely name Frideswide is a compound of two Anglo-Saxon words meaning peace (frith) and strong (swith). And these are the qualities at the heart of this most appealing retelling of the legend of the resourceful girl who outfaced danger, chose the path of peace, and worked great wonders. Alan Marks is a wonderful colourist and gives just the right amount of character and drama to his generous illustrations.”

Kevin Crossley-Holland, author of The Seeing Stone

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