Yes, another classic adventure story! What can I say, I've been really into re-listening to some of the classic adventure tales that my mom read to me and my siblings years ago. I remembered The Children Of The New Forest as being a very unique and special story with wonderful character. It was such fun revisiting this classic, I listened to it on LibriVox here.
The Children Of The New Forest by Captain Frederick Marryat
Story: An engaging adventure story set in England during the time of the Civil War when King Charles was deposed and the Roundheads were vying with the Cavaliers. The central characters are the four children of staunch Royalist Colonel Beverley killed in battle while fighting for King Charles. Through the efforts of aged forester Jacob Armitage, the children escape the burning of their ancestral home and take up residence with him in his cottage in the New Forest. As his "grandchildren" they take eagerly to the peasant life and learn to provide for themselves by using their wits. The pitfall they build to trap cattle catches more than they bargain for, leading to one adventure after another. Against all odds they deftly maneuver through the treacherous landscape of the times, eventually recovering their family estate. - from Amazon listing
|Captain Frederick Marryat|
Interesting Bits: Being saved from fire, hiding in the forest, children learning how to provide for themselves, saving two damsels in distress, foiling thieves and scoundrels evil plans, fighting for the king, hiding from soldiers, finding treasure, keeping secrets, happy endings!
Spiritual Content: Old Jacob Armitage leads the children each morning in Bible reading and prayer, something they continue on their own as they grow up. There is also a lot of talk about God's providence and thankfulness for His help in many situations. It's not necessarily mentioned here but if you look into the history of the English Civil War you will see that the Roundheads were Puritans and Presbyterians while a lot of the Cavaliers were liberal Church of England followers. Most of the characters in this story are on the Cavalier side but also possess very patriotic and chivalrous ideas and their deep faith in God guides their actions. Always acting honorably and helping others are big themes in the book.
My Thoughts: I love this book and had forgotten how interesting it is! There's great excitement from beginning to end and interesting tidbits from history. The characters are very easy to like and cheer for. It's interesting to read how Jacob Armitage teaches these privileged children to hunt, cook, clean, farm, care for animals and provide for their own needs. Hearing this read again I had forgotten how much time passes from the beginning to the end, it really takes you on a journey from their childhood to their adulthood. A lot of the story is told through Edward's eyes but also a bit from Humphrey's eyes and the others too. I love the characters names too: Edward, Humphrey, Edith, Alice, Clara and Patience.
I highly recommend The Children of the New Forest especially if you love historical fiction and stories with a bit of adventure! This book is also a great family story for parents and kids alike!
|Children of the New Forest (TV 1998)|
Have you read The Children of The New Forest or any other books by Captain Marryat?
Do you think it would make an interesting film?