The King and the Christmas Tree

The King and the Christmas Tree


Every year, a huge Norway spruce, twenty metres and more in height, is erected in Trafalgar Square. Many who see it must take it for granted, assuming it, like so many others, is merely marking the arrival of winter and Christmas festivities. The London tree, however, tells us the story of a very remarkable King, of the brave, indomitable people of Norway, and of the British people’s fortitude during the second world war. Richly illustrated, this book is a warm Christmas fable of human courage and friendship between nations; a delightful Christmas cracker for all of us, young and old, at Christmastime.

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'An unlikely hero has a master storyteller to tell his tale. The King and the Christmas Tree is a poignant Christmas treat.' Lucy Worsley, historian, broadcaster and authorEvery December, a huge Christmas tree arrives in Trafalgar Square. Bedecked in lights, it is a shimmering, festive beacon in the heart of London. But even more enchanting than the twinkling decorations and scented pine is the story behind the tree; a story of loyalty, friendship and resistance.On a cold evening in 1940, German warships made their way towards Oslo. It seemed inevitable that Norway, like so many other European nations, would soon submit to the Nazi regime. But the country's indomitable King Haakon VII refused to surrender. Making his escape through his country towards the safe haven of Britain, King Haakon became an icon of hope for his people. And so, over seventy years later, the tree in Trafalgar Square remains as an enduring gift of thanks from Norway to the people of Britain.In The King and the Christmas Tree historian A. N. Wilson artfully weaves together this tale of courage and friendship between nations. Richly illustrated and beautifully told, it is a delightful Christmas cracker for everyone, young and old alike.

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Weight0.253 kg
Dimensions20.4 × 13.8 × 2.1 cm










Hardback original


823.92 (edition:23)


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