The conversion into a designated forest with the legal trap-pings attaching thereto which circumscribed or forbade hunting by any butthe lord. The Normans were particularly avid hunters and greatly extendedforest law. Perhaps a third of England was subject to such law under theNorman kings and early Plantagenets. The New Forest, as it is still known amillennium later, was created by William I in 1079.
*Source: A Dictionary of Medieval Terms & Phrases by Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams