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.
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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.
As an adult, there are more subtle nuances to it I appreciate. Presidents aside, the basic issues remain relevant today. 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. Read this for my Robin Hood module, as with Ivanhoe. This is the second book which I just couldn't read as anything but an English Literature student; my lit student hat remained firmly jammed upon my head.
It pains me to read other people's reviews and thoughts on this, given that they're so wildly inaccurate about it. Or someone thinking it's written i Read this for my Robin Hood module, as with Ivanhoe. Or someone thinking it's written in Old English see also: Seriously, no, guys. It's not even Middle English. It's faux-Middle English in parts, but it isn't even that old a text, for God's sake. This was written in or so, right?
About as Anglo-Saxon as what I'm writing right now! And then people thinking this is "the" book, the original. Obviously, a lot of the stories come straight from the surviving ballads -- perhaps all; I haven't read every single Robin Hood ballad. They're expanded upon by Howard Pyle, in that he writes them out as a coherent narrative and with all the same characters recurring, and obviously it's not in verse.
It's a pretty sanitised version, given that Robin rarely kills as an outlaw: It wasn't obvious that it was an adaptation for children, from the language -- it's not exactly difficult, but nor is it easy or exciting. Still, in the time period, perhaps that's not surprising. I should have some basis of comparison, given my Introduction to Children's Literature course, but I can't bring anything to mind right now.
The sanitisation gave it away rather, in any case. I did get kind of bored reading it, honestly. Each tale is more or less the same -- they're practically all "Robin meets his match" stories, and at the end the stout yeoman will join the band.
The writing isn't intensely exciting, as I mentioned. I did enjoy it, and possibly would have enjoyed it more in small doses.
And, of course, it's very episodic so it can easily be read in small chunks. It's, ah, one of the more 'homosocial' Robin Hood stories I've read, honestly. There are two or three mentions of Marian, at most, and she doesn't come into it as a character at all -- I half-expected a chapter that came from Robin Hood and Maid Marian.
And Will Scarlet is so very, very camp. And Little John and Robin are so very very close. It kind of read like a slashfic of Robin Hood, sometimes.
I will confess, the epilogue made me want to cry. Oh, Robin. Incidentally, apparently tales of Robin's death are quite rare, and this is one of the few. If anyone wants links to the ballads, or indeed, this book, online, I know where the book can be downloaded legally as an ebook, and where the ballads are collected online. As a result, it is a combination of mini-stories. Howard Pyle does a commendable job in joining all these stories into a cohesive novel.
It was fun following the adventures of Robin, Little John, Friar Tuck, and the rest of the merry band! For more info on Robin Hood check out: Robin Hood - lots of general info, and was there a real Robin Hood?
Robin Hood - general info. Robin Hood - general info and good info on his death. Adventures of Robin Hood - movie with Errol Flynn. Dec 18, Krista Baetiong Tungol rated it liked it Shelves: If there is only one thing that challenged me throughout the read, it is the archaic wording.
View 2 comments. I read this book several times as a child, and it was fun to revisit it via this excellent audiobook.
Christopher Cazenove does a brilliant job of narrating it. Mar 09, E. Just kinda feel meh about it. I listened to this on audio book.
I was a teeny tad disappointed in this book. Things started out pretty well. I thought the way the narrator talks to the reader in the prologue and asks you to take his hand so he can lead you on this adventure was rather charming. Okie dokie! Like I said above, there were some fun parts. I enjoyed the episodic events that I would say are the most familiar to the general public: I also enjoyed the few chapters that involved Queen Elanor sp?
On the other side of things, however, many of the episodic events in this story were repetitive to the point of becoming predictable and boring: You know how Robin Hood and Little John actually fought each other when they first met? Well, it turns out that happened with quite a few of the other merry men, too. It seemed like nearly everyone they met in Sherwood forest either fought Robin or Little John with staffs, or competed with one or the other in archery, or a battle of wits.
And then there were the songs. But what I need from songs in stories is for them to either build the characters, build the world, or move the story along.
In general, the songs sung by the characters in this book did none of this and they were also way too long. For example, there was one point where some of the characters just wanted to compare their singing voices and the songs they knew, and I literally had to sit and listen while three different characters sang three different songs.
And the writing. Never have I seen such flowery writing outside of Shakespeare, not to mention so many repetitive descriptors in all my reading life! Instead of cutting a shallow vein to bleed him, she cut an artery and locked him in the room. Though I would have preferred to finish things on a happy note rather than know how Robin Hood died, his attitude of forgiveness even in the face of death meant a lot to me and it earned him a lot of respect in my eyes.
Content advisory for those who want to know: There was no sexual content in this book that I can recall. There was lots of fighting, some killing, and some brief mentions of blood, but the descriptions of this violence were very flowery like the rest of the book and not graphic or intense.
There is also quite a bit of drinking of ale and other alcoholic beverages that goes on throughout and people rarely seem to suffer ill-effects from it. The stout yeoman Robin Hood and his broad-shouldered band of outlaws make for an awesome reading adventure.
The book was just as good as I remember it from my childhood. I love how the reader does all the voices. And when the characters burst into song, as they are wont to do on occasion, the narrator even sings in character! I laughed at the fun language Robin Hood and Little John use: Any good character is stout and The stout yeoman Robin Hood and his broad-shouldered band of outlaws make for an awesome reading adventure. Any good character is stout and broad-shouldered, while anyone with negative qualities is called a knave.
Little John constantly calls upon "the good Saint Dunstan" for protection and thanks.
And who can leave out all the short staff matches and archery tournaments? As an adult I do wonder, though Robin Hood is constantly summoning up huge feasts, but who is preparing these feasts? There is a startling lack of women in the story: Allan-a-Dale is the only married man that we hear about, and only up until her marriage and then not until the very end of the book. Is she the one doing all the cooking? Still, it's a wonderful story, and well narrated. Howard Pyle is a genius.
I'm hoping next to get my hands on an audio copy of his King Arthur stories. May 03, Mary rated it really liked it. Quite different from many modern retellings of the story. The men where really men it seems like beating someone up was the equivolent of a handshake , but they were also really women I'm looking at you, Will Scarlet.
Maid Marian is present only as a thought in Robin's head. The really excellent stories, like how Robin keeps tricking people out of their clothes to keep the vengeful King Henry off his tail by the time King John shows up, Robin is--oddly--working for him or carrying Friar Tuc Quite different from many modern retellings of the story.
The really excellent stories, like how Robin keeps tricking people out of their clothes to keep the vengeful King Henry off his tail by the time King John shows up, Robin is--oddly--working for him or carrying Friar Tuck over the creek, are typically not included in Robin Hood lore.
At first I didn't like how Robin Hood wasn't particularly noble, but now I love what he was in this book--thoroughly decent. May 05, Salem rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 07, Sharon Thompson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Read to my boys when they were in 2nd grade.
At first I attempted to modernize the language but ultimately read it word for word. By far one of the favorite books we have read. Stopping on occasion to talk about new words or discuss the situation was just fine.
Tough to get through the tear jerker ending without sobbing. If I had been reading it on my own it may not have had the same effect. I wish someone could make a really good Robin Hood movie that followed this plot and was appropriate for Read to my boys when they were in 2nd grade. I wish someone could make a really good Robin Hood movie that followed this plot and was appropriate for older kids.
Sep 03, Nile rated it it was amazing. One of my most favorite book of all time Mar 11, Als M. Grob vereinfacht muss man sagen, dass die einzelnen Kapitel lediglich aus Variationen zweier sich abwechselnder Szenarien bestehen: Robin Hood is one of my favorite legends. I also have been meaning to read more classics so I was really happy to have read this book. I read it for my Robin Hood Project Disney on my blog.
I didn't know where to go for source material for that movie but discovered this was one of the first books about Robin Hood. I thought this was a wonderful book about tales of Robin Hood finding his merry men.
The book has all kinds of his different adventures, we see him as a man with sharp knowledge and gr Robin Hood is one of my favorite legends.
The book has all kinds of his different adventures, we see him as a man with sharp knowledge and great talent with a bow. I have recently taken archery lessons so I now know what talent it takes to hit a bullseye with an arrow.
There were some Robin Hood legends that aren't mentioned in this book that I was looking forward to. Maid Marian is not mentioned and neither is Prince John.
I read more about that and found out that those legends became popular after this book was published. The book of course takes a while to get into like most classics do for me.
I always have to get into the flow of the language used. Once I did though the story worked for me. I think though some of the stories did start sounding the same after a while Robin meets a guy and then fights him and then guy joins the merry men. What I liked about the book is that we get to see when and why Robin Hood becomes an outlaw.
He is headed to town for an archery tournament and runs into some bandits. One of the bandits he shoots and kills and then has to go into hiding. While reading I wasn't really sure why exactly he killed him but Robin feels guilty about it for the rest of his life. Pyle did not have much concern for historical accuracy, but he renamed the queen-consort in the story " Robin Hood and Queen Katherine " as Eleanor of Aquitaine.
This made her compatible historically with King Richard the Lion-Hearted , with whom Robin eventually makes peace. The novel was first published by Scribner's in , and met with immediate success,  ushering in a new era of Robin Hood stories. It helped solidify the image of a heroic Robin Hood, which had begun in earlier works such as Walter Scott 's novel Ivanhoe.
In Pyle's wake, Robin Hood has become a staunch philanthropist protecting innocents against increasingly aggressive villains. The Merry Adventures also had an effect on subsequent children's literature. It helped move the Robin Hood legend out of the realm of penny dreadfuls and into the realm of respected children's books.