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The Forest

The Forest

Few places lie closer to the heart of England's heritage than the New Forest. This work covers from the cruel forest laws of the Normans and their passion for hunting, to the founding of Beaulieu Abbey by capricious King John; from the very real dangers of the Spanish Armada to t... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780099279075
Barcode 9780099279075
Published 6 April 2001 by Cornerstone
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Rutherfurd, Edward
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ISBN-13 9780099279075
ISBN-10 009927907X
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Arrow Books Ltd
Publication Date 6 April 2001
International Publication Date 13 January 2001
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Rutherfurd, Edward
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 912
Dimensions Width: 110mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 38mm
Weight 473g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.914;823.914
Catalogue Code 70681

Description of this Book

Few places lie closer to the heart of England's heritage than the New Forest. Now Edward Rutherfurd, is a chronicler who can weave its mystery and legends into a compelling narrative worthy of its role in our history. From the cruel forest laws of the Normans and their passion for hunting, to the founding of Beaulieu Abbey by capricious King John; from the very real dangers of the Spanish Armada to the elegance of Georgian Lymington; from the herds of wild deer and horses which have roamed free since time immemorial to the mighty oaks which provided timber for Nelson's naval ships, Rutherfurd has captured the essence of this ancient domain.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Hugely impressive Mail on Sunday Exerts a hypnotic charm Daily Mail Fresh, exciting and insightful The Independent
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)
Salisbury, subject of Edward Rutherfurd's first novel Sarum and London his latest, lie either side of a unique piece of England known, since the days of William the Conqueror, as the New Forest, though it was far from new, even then. Forest in this context means not simply a dense area of trees, but a mixture of trees and heathland, and specifically the King's Hunting Ground. It was here that the King and his Court chased the fallow and roe deer for sport, and food... and woe betide anyone else who 'helped himself' to the rich venison (though plenty did). There were people living in the Forest too, recognized as having special privileges: country squires with large houses and commoners with tiny smallholdings and rights to graze their sheep and cattle, to collect wood for their fires, fodder and bedding for their animals, whose area of land from time to time mysteriously increased. (They simply moved their fences in the middle of the night.) The New Forest lies a few miles north of the English Channel with its advantages and dangers: proximity to continental trade (licit and illicit) fishing, boat building - often with wood from the Forest's great oaks, and contiguity with French Normandy - and through the Channel threatened with invasion (Spanish Armada, Napoleon's troops) - later gentrified and sophisticated by the gradual spread from London of the Haut Ton seeking country homes; religiously and academically enhanced by great Cistercian abbeys. But always the Forest retained its own character: a state within the state, it always had its own rules, inflexible laws, even its own court and rough justice. And down the centuries the families who lived there remained there, their names recurring in the Parish registers. It is these families who give Rutherfurd the framework for his novel, the continuity that binds it. The deer remain, too, distant descendants of those hunted by Kings as remote as the Celts and Saxons - and the sturdy half-wild ponies. (And, it's said, witchcraft still flourishes.) The biggest threat in the 21st century comes from tourism: too many people, far too much traffic, pollution, litter. This is history with a human face, something for which Edward Rutherfurd has an especial and enthusiastic talent. A long book, but consistently engaging. (Kirkus UK)

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Author's Bio

Edward Rutherfurd was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and educated at Cambridge University and Stanford University in California. His first book, Sarum was based on the history of Salisbury. London, Russka and The Forest, all draw on finely researched details of social history. Edward Rutherford previously lived in London and New York City but has had a home in Dublin for more than twelve years. He has two children. Edward Rutherfurd is available for interview.

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