Lorna Doone Author:R D Blackmore The exciting and haunting story of Lorna Doone was first published in 1869. A best seller in England and America, it was translated into many languages and, three different times, made into a film. — One of these movies was recently described this way in the television section of an American newspaper: "Farmers rebel against the terror tactics of... more » the ruthless Doone family. Farmers' leader falls in love with outlaw's niece."
From such a brief description, you might be prepared to watch a typical TV Western. Yet Lorna Doone takes place 300 years ago, long before outlaws and feuds appeared in America.
"Doone Country" is Exmoor, a beautiful part of England in the southwestern counties of Devon and Somerset. The rushing rivers and waterfalls, the bare uplands and wooded valleys of Exmoor are much the same today as they were when the Doones were riding high long ago.
Were the Doones real? Did a John Ridd help to bring them to justice? Anyone who has read Lorna Doone wants to answer "yes" to these questions because the story seems so real. Yet only part of it can be proved by history books. The rest is built from legend and the imagination of an inspired author.« less