Following the triumphant publication of London, Edward Rutherfurd's new novel focuses on four turbulent eras -- Norman, medieval, Elizabethan, and Tudor -- in England's New Forest and the city of Bath.
The Forest covers nine centuries of British history, with the New Forest as background, culminating in a five-family saga set in the days of Jane Austen, whose own family lived just 25 miles northeast of the forest. Few places in England are more resonant, more mysterious, yet more friendly than the huge forest that lies by England's southern coast, which provided hunting for England's Saxon and Norman kings and whose ancient oaks were used to build Nelson's navy.
This "masterful" saga of nine turbulent centuries in the life of the quintessential English heartland: the New Forest - a mysterious, powerful, almost mythical place, the perfect backdrop for feuds, wars, and passions. "A pleasure to wander through, well worth your time." "Accessible and lively, with characters that jump right off the page." "A very satisfying novel."