The Children of the New Forest

Captain Marryat

Book Description

"The Children of the New Forest" is a historical novel written by Captain Frederick Marryat and first published in 1847. Set in the backdrop of the English Civil War, the story revolves around the four orphaned children of Colonel Beverley, who are forced to flee their ancestral home in the New Forest after their Royalist father is killed in battle. The siblings, Edward, Humphrey, Alice, and Edith, find refuge in a secluded cottage in the forest under the protection of Jacob Armitage, a local gamekeeper. They adopt new identities and live in disguise to avoid capture by Cromwell's Roundheads, who are hunting down supporters of the Royalist cause. As the children adapt to their new life, they learn practical skills and become adept at survival in the wilderness. Edward takes on a leadership role, while Humphrey excels at carpentry and hunting. Alice and Edith also contribute to the household, making the best of their situation. Throughout the novel, the children face numerous challenges and adventures, including encounters with smugglers and interactions with local villagers. The story skillfully weaves historical events with fictional elements, offering readers a glimpse into a turbulent period of English history. "The Children of the New Forest" is a tale of resilience, resourcefulness, and camaraderie as the young protagonists navigate the complexities of war and learn the values of loyalty, friendship, and self-reliance in the face of adversity. It remains a timeless classic that continues to enchant readers of all ages with its engaging narrative and vivid portrayal of a bygone era. This book is copyright free and can be downloaded for free.

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