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The Forest Dwellers

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  73 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Ytene, England 1078 - twelve years after the Norman Conquest. When Aelf and Leo encounter a trio of Normans molesting Alys, a forest girl fairer than any they have ever seen, they stop the attack in the only way they can ...violently. The resulting social upheaval tears the family apart and will end only with the death of a king. The Forest Dwellers is a story of oppressio ...more
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Published October 13th 2011 by
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Ginger Myrick
Apr 08, 2013 Ginger Myrick rated it it was amazing
Mesmerizing and immersive, The Forest Dwellers by Judith Arnopp is an incisive look into the lives of the people of Ytene, a Saxon holding seized by Norman usurpers for William the Conqueror’s personal use. It is a richly painted portrait of their daily existence that begins with an assault on Alys—a young woman of mixed blood, possessed of a rare and ethereal beauty—and follows her through subsequent periods of serenity, hardship, humiliation, and triumph.

Arnopp is blessed with natural flowing
Paula Lofting
Aug 28, 2014 Paula Lofting rated it liked it
I am giving this book 3.5 stars but I would have given it a lot more had it been given a better edit. I know that this was one of Ms Arnopp's earlier tomes and although it is my first read of her work, I know she has moved on from this now. However this book shows her winning style and potential to become the amazing writer she is today as many people who have read and reviewed her work have testified.

The Forest Dwellers is a book of love, betrayal, vengeance and eventual happiness and is cleve
Cas Peace
Nov 29, 2011 Cas Peace rated it it was amazing
This intriguing and well-written book charts the fortunes of those making their living from the New Forest in Southern England, during the years following the Norman Invasion. Few can imagine what life was like then, scraping the means to survive from what the Forest could produce. It was a harsh way of life, but it did provide. Until that is, William the Conqueror decides to turn the Forest into his own, private hunting ground. Now, the forest people are not even allowed to gather berries, let ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Sophia rated it really liked it
I love works of historical fiction and I was eager to read about the time just after William the Conqueror and his Normans invaded England from the Saxon perspective. Judith Arnopp's The Forest Dwellers did not disappoint. There is adventure, sadness, danger, betrayal, and love all leading up to one of English history's most famous mysteries: Who killed William Rufus?

The story is told first person from several characters' perspectives. It begins with a small little put together family of young p
Nov 26, 2011 Sheila rated it it was amazing
Set in 11th century England after the Norman conquest, The Forest Dwellers is a fictional account of the death of William the Conqueror’s sons, and employs a host of different points of view to tell the story. There is beautiful Alys, willing concubine to men she believes will protect her in difficult times; Aelf, a young archer, who hides an intriguing secret, and openly hates the Normans; Leo, Thurold, Giles and Tyrell, all with fascinating stories to tell which interweave with one another in ...more
Helen Spring
Nov 30, 2011 Helen Spring rated it it was amazing
Having thoroughly enjoyed Judith Arnopp's work since reading 'Peaceweaver', I approached this book with enthusiasm. I was not disappointed. Once again Arnopp has demonstated her unerring ability to draw the reader into the novel with rich descriptions of surroundings and events, as well as well drawn and intriguing characters.
No matter how enthusiastic the reader may be for what we glibly call 'The Norman Conquest', we are forced to consider and come to understand more of the true horror of thos
Darlene Williams
Dec 04, 2012 Darlene Williams rated it liked it
The Forest Dwellers chronicles the lives of the common people 11 years after the Battle of Hastings. The Normans not only conquered Harold, they pillaged the land and subjugated the people.

The forest dwellers have lived in the forest for generations, growing crops, hunting small animals and building homesteads. William has decided the forest is solely his, for his hunting pleasure. The fences surrounding crops are torn down, berries and acorns are forbidden foods, firewood and turf for warmth is
Feb 04, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Judith Arnopp is a writer I have recently discovered and so far I have enjoyed each one.
Arnopp does very fine research and utilizes a blend of both historic and fictional characters as in this tale of the post Norman Conquest and The New Forest. Walter Tyrell and his brother- in- laws the de Clares had been part of the hunting party where King William Rufus lost his life butneither had any reason to wish him dead.Conventional wisdom today is that his brother, who became King Henry I, had the m
Apr 03, 2014 Cami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good historical fiction

Great novel of the Norman invasion in the middle ages. Each chapter or section is the personal story of each individual character which gives a whole lot more to the tale than the average book. free download
Mar 06, 2013 Doreen rated it liked it
Judith Arnopp knows how to write a clever, engaging tale from multiple points of view. The period of history she covers here isn't one I'm terribly familiar with, but everything read as plausible: she was both informative and made the era sound interesting. I just wish she'd spent more time on the characters' internal lives. They were all such morally complex creatures that I felt it a pity we weren't privy to a greater exploration of their psyches. Ms Arnopp writes with such compassion that it ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Debbi rated it liked it
Could only give this Judith Arnopp novel 3 stars but it was still a pretty good yarn about one family's first generation of Saxons to grow up after the 11th century Norman invasion of England.
Krista Cioffi
Aug 08, 2015 Krista Cioffi rated it really liked it
Really enjoying Judith Arnopp.
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
The Forest Dwellers is an exceedingly well written story, given from the perspectives of several characters, of a time in history not long before King Rufus was killed in the forest.

The descriptions are detailed and the whole story is very cleverly written - holes in one person's story are filled in by another and you end up with a very rounded picture.

Definitely recommended for fans of historical fiction.
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Always passionate about history, I graduated from the University of Wales, Lampeter in 2007 with a Master's degree in medieval history and a BA in ENglish and creative writing. I now devote myself to writing full time.
My first novel Peaceweaver, is the tale of Eadgyth, queen to both Gruffydd ap Llewelyn of Wales and Harold ii of England.
The Forest Dwellers is set just after the conquest in King
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