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Alexander the Great, Queen Elizabeth I, Abraham Lincoln, Christopher Columbus, Horatio Nelson, William Shakespeare and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart all changed the world in which they lived. This lively history of fifteen great personalities introduces a new series in the Junior Classics range. Designed for the eight to twelve year olds, it is presented in normal Naxos AudioBooks style with classical music which brings the periods to life.
FAMOUS PEOPLE IN HISTORY
Christopher Columbus • Elizabeth I • William Shakespeare
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart • Lord Nelson • Charles Darwin
Florence Nightingale • Abraham Lincoln • Anne Frank
It is not given to everyone to change the world they live in
— or have an effect on generations of people well after they have gone. It
happens to only a few — these are the famous people in history.
You cannot always tell when a person is young that he or she
will make a mark upon the world. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musical prodigy
— everyone who saw him perform when he was five, six or seven, knew that. But
not all prodigies grow up to be exceptional adults — though Mozart did, writing
music that is far more popular now than when he was alive.
And some people seem very ordinary when young; Anne Frank,
who was just a normal girl until circumstances suddenly showed that she
was rather exceptional as a
personality as well as a writer. And then there is William Shakespeare, who is
one of the greatest mysteries because his remarkable genius seemed to have
emerged from the most normal background.
Famous people lay the big stepping-stones of history — though
sometimes becoming famous is a surprise to the person
himself. Charles Darwin didn’t mean to produce the theory of evolution and
change the way we view the development of life on Planet Earth. He just
couldn’t stop himself realizing it.
There are also those people who were put into situations by
circumstances and just had to make the best of it — and their best was
brilliant. Thus Queen Elizabeth, Admiral Nelson and Abraham Lincoln turned the
tide of history because they were in positions of authority, which made them
achieve what they did; much the same applies to Florence Nightingale, who was
truly a woman with a mission.
And then, there are the people of vision and madness. What
prompted Christopher Columbus to forge ahead single-mindedly to find the land
that he KNEW was out there? Who knows what possessed him in his dreams, which
made him brave the wild, unknown seas and even worse, the indifference of very
ordinary, boring people who only wanted one thing — gold.
These are the qualities that make up the truly famous
person. For him or her, fame is a result, not a goal. Some people say they want
to become famous, but none of the figures featured on this recording cared
about fame. They just had a burning desire to do something — and as a result, they achieved a fame
that will last for as long as history is read and told and heard.
About the Readers
Trevor Nichols has read many serials and short stories for
BBC Woman’s Hour including Knowledge of Angels (Jill Paton Walsh) and The
Crossing of the Heralds (Rose Tremain). Also Morning Story and Afternoon Story
for BBC. Readings for Cleo Press and Chivers include Gold Mine (Wilbur Smith).
Also poetry: Trevor McDonald’s Favourite Poems. Wide range includes young
voices, many regional accents - and comfortable playing women on audio!
Katinka Wolf is a well-known figure in fringe theater having
taken a variety of roles in both classical and modern drama. She recently
appeared in The Duchess of Malfi in the West End. The voice of Katinka Wolf, a
fluent Dutch speaker, has been the voice of Anne in the Anne Frank Museum in
Prinsengracht for more than a decade.
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