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This is an auction for THE FOREST by Edward Rutherfurd.

"England's James Michener will undoubtedly have another huge commercial success with this history-drenched blockbuster, which essentially resembles its predecessors: Sarum (1987), Russka (1991), and London (1997).The subject is England's southern "New Forest'' area, originally founded as a game preserve by William the Conqueror, and prized as "a source of inspiration, of study and recreation'' throughout the centuries thereafter. Rutherfurd's episodic history of the Forest begins in 1099 with a romantic tale of Saxon-Norman enmity that climaxes with the assassination of King William "Rufus,'' then incorporates several lengthy stories in which local families' successive generations keep reappearing: in 1294, a love-struck monk fathers a young married woman's child; supporters of Queen Elizabeth's rival, Mary Queen of Scots, furtively prepare for the Armada deployed by Mary's Spanish supporters; haughty Alice Albion risks treason in a later age of violent political factionalism (in the longest chapter here, which also offers an intriguing characterization of "liberal'' monarch Charles II); and, in Georgian times, a Jane Austen-inspired tale of social-climbing and arranged marriage is deftly balanced against a vigorous indictment of continuing commercial exploitation of the Forest's abundant resources. Rutherfurd has once again combined absorbing historical information with enviable narrative skill and a real gift for creating credible representative characters. Popular fiction at its best."
- Kirkus Reviews (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2000.

601 pages.

Very good condition.

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