1193. A crusader returns to his home in Nottinghamshire, to find the land divided. England is torn between the land-owning Norman lords and their English subjects, the country crippled by years of taxation and the long absence of its king. The
crusader's name is Robin of Locksley. Following a youth spent with lowborn friends Robin is determined to settle into the role his father wanted for him: a lord dispensing justice to the county. But a false rumour of his death in the East has
stolen Robin's lands from him, and the justice meted out by his fellow lords hardly seems to deserve the name. When
Robin is compelled by a neighboring lord to condemn his childhood friends for a crime they did not commit, he realises that he must choose between the need to regain his lost inheritance and his desire to help the commons of Nottinghamshire.
In this lucidly imagined and carefully researched recreation of the era of King Richard 'the Lionheart', Robin seeks the support of common-born and noble to defy the self-serving lords who oppose him, but it soon becomes clear that he can accomplish more outside the law than within it...
In this her first novel, Lauren Johnson's knowledge as a historian brings a vividness to the project, presenting us with an authentic depiction of the sights, sounds, conflicts and furies that defined this era. A story of redemption, loss,
romance and adventure, this novel will excite and enthral.
As featured in.BBC History Magazine
Sometimes you read a book so captivating that you start to perceive the mundane elements of life as getting in the way of you finishing your book. For me, 'The Arrow of Sherwood' was more interesting than getting to work or falling asleep, and so I gave into temptation and just read as much of it as I could in single sittings.Medieval Warfare
What makes this book such an addictive and absorbing read are two elements that can make or break any historical novel: historical accuracy and believable characters. Johnson actually combines the two; she makes characters that are believable in their own historical context. [She] masterfully forms a vivid and colourful medieval England that is as important a character in her book as any of the protagonists.
This new version of the Robin Hood legend kept my attention and interest with every turn of the page. Read it and enjoy!The World Wide Robin Hood Society
From the first chapter this book draws you in to a historical world that is far removed from the Disney-esque version of Sherwood we are familiar with. Using her knowledge of the period Johnson creates a finely drawn cast of characters whose adventures, loves and loyalties are given an authentic depth, while writing with a lightness of touch that keeps the plot zipping along. A delight to read!Laura Clark