Few places lie closer to the heart of the nation's heritage than the New Forest.
Now, Edward Rutherfurd, weaves its history and legends into compelling fiction. From the mysterious killing of King William Rufus, treachery and witchcraft, smuggling and poaching run through this epic tale of well-born ladies, lowly woodsmen, sailors, merchants and Cistercian monks. The feuds, wars, loyalties and passions of generations reach their climax in a crime that shatters the decorous society of Jane Austen's Bath, and whose ramifications continue through the age of the Victorian railway builders to the ecologists of the present day.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 912 pages, genealogy tab maps
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 13/01/2001
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780099279075
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Review by TheoClarke
A millenium of stories from six New Forest families are interwoven to create a glorously detailed picture of life in the Hampshire landscape.
Review by Glorybe1
re-readingI really enjoyed this book, Edward Rutherfurds attention to detail in these big tomes is superb.The story tells not so only of the history of The New Forest, which goes back for over a thousand years,, but also told of families that live in the forest and have been there for hundreds of years, the Prides, the Furzey's, the Puckles, Seagulls, and Albions, which I found fascinating.You get a sense of the richness of the characters and the descriptions of the forest itself and the surrounding areas is lovely.This is a wonderful story about one of our treasures and I loved it
Review by nordie
This edition comes in at just under 900 pages, and has been sitting on my shelf for a while now, as I've been avoiding my larger books in favour of the smaller, shorter stories to carry around in my handbag.A few days off work meanwhile have meant that I've been able to finally attack this book! I dont know what I was expecting when I brought it and apart from the size, why I kept putting it off. However this is a story about the New Forest (with some of the characters BEING the forest - such as trees and animals), the families who live in and around the place, the effect that nature has on the people around, and the effect that politics and "history" has on the different needs that different people have for a large swathe of land
Review by mbmackay
A giant door-stopper of a saga of 900 years of the New Forest. Nice combination of story telling & interesting facts.Read in Samoa May 2003