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Children of the New Forest (version 2)

Frederick Marryat

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The Children of the New Forest is a children's novel published in 1847 by Frederick Marryat. It is set in the time of the English Civil War and the Commonwealth. The story follows the fortunes of the four Beverley children who are orphaned during the war, and hide from their Roundhead oppressors in the shelter of the New Forest where they learn to live off the land. The story begins in 1647 when King Charles I has been defeated in the civil war and has fled from London towards the New Forest. Parliamentary soldiers have been sent to search the forest and decide to burn Arnwood, the house of Colonel Beverley, a Cavalier officer killed at the Battle of Naseby. The four orphan children of the house, Edward, Humphrey, Alice and Edith, are believed to have died in the flames. However, they are saved by Jacob Armitage, a local gamekeeper, who hides them in his isolated cottage acting as his grandchildren. Under Armitage's guidance, the children adapt from an aristocratic lifestyle to that of simple foresters. After Armitage's death, Edward takes charge and the children develop and expand the farmstead, aided by the entrepreneurial spirit of the younger brother Humphrey. They are assisted by a gypsy boy, Pablo, who they rescue from a pitfall trap. A sub-plot involves a hostile Puritan gamekeeper named Corbould who seeks to harm Edward and his family. Edward also encounters the sympathetic Puritan, Heatherstone, placed in charge of the Royal land in the New Forest, and rescues his daughter, Patience, in a house-fire. Edward leaves the cottage and works as a secretary for Heatherstone, but Edward maintains the pretence that he is the grandson of Jacob Armitage. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nick Whitley

Length:

12h 49m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

20:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

27:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:37


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

31:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

39:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

36:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

30:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

28:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

32:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

35:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:56


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

33:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

32:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

22:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

33:44


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

32:10


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

32:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

24:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

37:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

23:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

27:50