From Amazon.com -- Similar to Edward Rutherfurd's Sarum, another novel of England, this is more lyrical and compact. Highly recommended.
From the book cover -- In this remarkable epic, which spans 15 centuries from AD 70 to 1589, Furnace Green in the Weald of Sussex is England, set about with great trees, abundant with deer and boar and wolves. The first people to come to the Ridge were the shy forest people, then Brac the ironsmith. Then came Edred the Saxon, who left the Ridge to kill the hated Danes and returned with a Danish slave girl with whom he could found a dynasty.
Robert the Falconer, doomed to die if he did not carve out a fief by the ridge; Benedict, the priestly knight, fighting his last fight; and the Elizabethan yeoman who forged the cannon to defeat the Armada -- these were the people of the Ridge, the people of England.