This book, written in 1847, was one of my favourite childhood reads. This story, set in the English Civil War, follows the fortunes of four orphaned children hiding in the New Forest, disguised as a forester’s grandchildren. The house of their father, a Cavalier Officer killed at the Battle of Naseby, has been burnt to the ground and they are believed to have died in the fire…
~ Her Majesty Queen Camilla
When King Charles I is defeated in the civil war in 1647, four children find themselves orphans after the death of their father, Colonel Beverley. Saved by a local verderer, the children are hidden in a cottage in the New Forest, where they learn to live as foresters.