In honor of the new Robin Hood movie out this week, we've compiled a list of our must-read Robin Hood books that offer retellings and unique. A look at the origins of the Robin Hood legend, with recommendations for fictional retellings!. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. He stole from the rich and gave to the poor, an.
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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire is an novel by Pyle's book continued the 19th-century trend of portraying Robin Hood as a heroic outlaw who robs the rich to feed the poor; this portrayal. Robin Hood is a legendary heroic outlaw originally depicted in English folklore and .. source book, Ritson gave them the opportunity to recreate Robin Hood in . Recounts the life and adventures of Robin Hood, who, with his band of followers, lived in Sherwood Forest as an outlaw dedicated to fighting tyranny.
Character[ edit ] The plot follows Robin Hood as he becomes an outlaw after a conflict with foresters and through his many adventures and runs with the law. Each chapter tells a different tale of Robin as he recruits Merry Men, resists the authorities, and aids his fellow man. The popular stories of Little John defeating Robin in a fight with staffs, of Robin's besting at the hands of Friar Tuck , and of his collusion with Allan-a-Dale all appear. In the end, Robin and his men are pardoned by King Richard the Lionheart and his band are incorporated into the king's retinue, much to the dismay of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Development and significance[ edit ] Pyle had been submitting illustrated poems and fairy tales to New York publications since , and had met with success.
The earliest recorded mention of Robin Hood was in in the York Assizes, a criminal court document. It is possible that many of the recorded accounts, such as the York Assizes, were false names, especially since they were given in criminal accounts.
Additionally, Robert was a super common name in the Middle Ages, and its diminutive form is Robin, and Hood was not an uncommon surname, referring either to a person who made hoods or who wore one.
So…not helpful. Another possible genesis for the Robin Hood legend, which most scholars today have since determined to be false but fun anyway, is that he and his men were followers of Simon de Montfort. Because of this, he is sometimes considered to be one of the founders of modern democracy. Sound familiar? The main difference is that the time was after King John, the traditional period of Robin Hood.
Personally, I think it is entirely possible that the time frame of the Robin Hood legend was deliberately shifted to the reign of King John because John quite simply made for a better villain. He was well known for his horrible personality and temperament, a reign fraught with turmoil and conflict, numerous affairs with noblewomen, and questions of his religious devotion, personality traits which were considered to be deficiencies at the time.
By contrast, Henry III, who also had a tumultuous reign, was supposedly a fairly genial man, very religiously devout, at least to all outward appearances, and was easily influenced by his advisors, most of whom were his close friends. In short, he was boring. As a writer, I would have preferred to use John instead, too.
The most reasonable explanation for Robin Hood is that he is a figure solely from mythology and folklore. There is support for this idea because he exists in ballads, which so often draw on myth and lore as their primary sources, as well as the collective imagination of the oral tradition of a culture. Additionally, elements within the ballads and poems, such as the color green Robin Hood typically wore, are linked to other mythic figures such as Robin Goodfellowe.
He argues in court against a plan to convert part of Sherwood into a royal hunting preserve for William I, who rules England from Normandy. In this story, Hugh investigates a series of murders being blamed on Robin Hood. The plot sets the legend during the reign of Edward I. This artificial intelligence has been investigating the company computer network, making his own improvements and changes to the game, and blackmails his programmer into pouring his personality into a suitable mechbody, along with that of his companion programs.
When programmer and program discover an unsavory sideline within the company, they find themselves and their friends trapped in a VR game that becomes dangerously real. Marian, the featured character, is no innocent maid, but a woman who knows well what she wants and how to get it, be it revenge, self-defense, political manipulations, feelings for Sir Guy, or her feelings for the brazen outlaw, Robin Hood, who dared steal a kiss from her.
She helps the forest outlaws battle their enemies, while she battles her feelings for one disinheirited knight who knows her secret and is determined to win her heart.
Taken aback by her skill with the bow and arrow, Griffyn could have still overpowered Brenna. He allows her, instead, to capture him and bring him to face her family.
The two men jousted in the past at a tourney. Griffyn lost — the only loss he had sustained in many years. The consequences were tragic.
He is intent on a rematch at the great upcoming tournament in Chateau Gaillard, Normandy. He finds his job on the line as he matches wits with the uncanny outlaws in Sherwood.
Now, as John battles his own nephew for the throne, and his power grows,Robert has no choice but to fight as the outlaw Robin Hood. Fearing she will be unable to bear Robert a child, Lady Marian of Ravenskeep refuses to marry him.
Instead, she makes a dangerous choice.
In the depths of Sherwood Forest, she is transformed from lady to warrior. A demon-boar ravages the countryside. Too late they discover the trap laid against them, and Sherwood Forest explodes as enemies descend with fire, magic, and treachery.
First in the historical-fantasy series Tales of Robin Hood. Originally published as Tales of Robin Hood in see above.
Marian is left alone again but she is made the ward of King Richard the Lionheart. On the eve of her wedding, Robin spirits Marian back to the forest.
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