The Arrow of Sherwood Hardcover – 15 Aug 2013
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About the Author
Writing and telling stories has been Lauren's passion since she was a child. Since graduating in History from Oxford University she has pursued her interest in story-telling in her role as Research Manager for a historical interpretation company based at heritage sites including Hampton Court Palace, Dover Castle and the Tower of London. There, she had plenty of practice at immersing visitors in a living historical world - a skill she has now brought to the world of historical fiction in her first novel.
Top Customer Reviews
The author's take on Robin Hood is not wholly original: once more he is the returning crusader, Robin of Locksley, arriving to find England is not the safe and lawful land he left behind; once more he has been deprived of his rightful holdings as a baron of the realm, and once again he has been rendered unfit to seek the hand of his intended bride, Lady Marian. (That could just as easily sum up the premise of the 1950s Richard Greene Adventures Of Robin Hood TV series, the 1991 film Robin Hood - Prince Of Thieves or the 2006 BBC Robin Hood series.) There are other plot elements which seem attributable to this film or that TV show, as well, notably Robin's relationship to Will Scarlette, which puts one in mind of a similar approach taken in the 1991 film.
Having said that, Ms. Johnson creditably takes those familiar trappings and weaves new webs within them in some clever and innovative ways.
Most unusually, her Robin begins by trying to work within the system to regain his lands and titles within the law. His concern for the common people of his Hundred for whom he feels responsible comes across as believable and genuine. Robin finds a truly clever and original way to hide his people in Sherwood Forest.Read more ›
The author shows great knowledge of the England of the Twelfth Century in which she places the story, and she weaves the factual and the fictional together very skilfully and subtly (among the familiar characters of Robin, Marion, Will Scarlette and Much the Miller's son she adds names of real families of the Nottinghamshire of the time, real events, plus short but memorable cameos from King Richard and Prince John) to give the story a deep and fascinating rooting in England's actual past. Particularly of interest here are the voices of the medieval women; far from the usual wispy object of desire, her Marion is a brilliant character - a tall, intelligent, forthright woman struggling awkwardly with her perceived place - whilst there are new intriguing characters to get to know like Robin's mother, Agnes Scarlette and young Edeva. Her Robin himself is a complex and believable creation who demonstrates many skills and flaws in his quest for justice and redemption, rather than relying solely on his bow arm.
Like the troubadours of old, Ms Johnson is first and foremost a great storyteller; from the first chapter the reader is immersed in the fascinating world of Medieval Nottinghamshire with its customs, laws and characters, the pace of the action never falters as you are carried along in a story filled with humour, adventure and, most tellingly, a great compassion for the people of the time. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Arrow of Sherwood was well-told re-imagining of the Robin Hood stories, but was free of the political correctness or silliness that blights a lot of modern dramatic... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Medieval Lady
A really ripping yarn, written to make you feel it was all we oldies believe happened. Lauren Johnson is a natural story teller and I would recommend to any pre television era boy,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ken Hope
"The Arrow of Sherwood" tells the well known story of Robin Hood but it's not another Hollywood version. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2014 by Koenraad roncada
Do you like to read? Do you like History? Do you like reading stories from history? Even if the answer is 'no' to all of the above (except perhaps 'reading') you should read this... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2014 by emma hatton
The author is an excellent story teller who really brought the characters to life. I was transported back to the middle ages and thankfully, without too much detail of blood and... Read morePublished on 25 Feb. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the way Robin didn't set out to be an outlaw, rather he wanted to be a "good lord", but gradually he found there was almost no such thing as a... Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2014 by BristolCarol
What a cracking read! It held me gripped throughout and made that time in history come alive for me........hope there's more books to follow.Published on 29 Nov. 2013 by helen
I do enjoy my historical fiction, although I haven't read much pre-Tudor, and was recommended this book by a friend. Read morePublished on 24 Oct. 2013 by rgdew
Lauren Johnson makes an impressive debut with her first book, The Arrow of Sherwood. Her passion for historical research gives great insight into what life was like for all levels... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2013 by Steve