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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
By: (1853-1911)

Robin Hood is the archetypal English folk hero; a courteous, pious and swashbuckling outlaw of the mediæval era who, in modern versions of the legend, is famous for robbing the rich to feed the poor and fighting against injustice and tyranny. He operates with his “seven score” (140 strong) group of fellow outlawed yeomen – named the Merry Men. He and his band are usually associated with Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire.

The Victorian era generated its own distinct versions of Robin Hood. The traditional tales were often adapted for children, most notably in Howard Pyle’s Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. These versions firmly stamp Robin as a staunch philanthropist, a man who takes from the rich to give to the poor.

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THE MERRY ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

by Howard Pyle

PREFACE

FROM THE AUTHOR TO THE READER

You who so plod amid serious things that you feel it shame to give yourself up even for a few short moments to mirth and joyousness in the land of Fancy; you who think that life hath nought to do with innocent laughter that can harm no one; these pages are not for you. Clap to the leaves and go no farther than this, for I tell you plainly that if you go farther you will be scandalized by seeing good, sober folks of real history so frisk and caper in gay colors and motley that you would not know them but for the names tagged to them. Here is a stout, lusty fellow with a quick temper, yet none so ill for all that, who goes by the name of Henry II. Here is a fair, gentle lady before whom all the others bow and call her Queen Eleanor. Here is a fat rogue of a fellow, dressed up in rich robes of a clerical kind, that all the good folk call my Lord Bishop of Hereford. Here is a certain fellow with a sour temper and a grim look the worshipful, the Sheriff of Nottingham... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 4 reviews)

Reviewer: - December 5, 2013
Subject: Readers
While I enjoyed the book, I didn't think the readers where the right fit for the mood of the book. While I appreciate the time they took to do this, better choices could have been made in this area. Several of the Readers were excellent-- full of energy and emotion, a perfect fit for the mood of the story. Others, however, sounded dry and monotone throughout the whole section.
Reviewer: - October 4, 2013
Subject: Entertaining
I don't remembered being bothered by the readers. I think on the whole they were good, and I'm always grateful for the time they spend doing this. I am probably just much too old for this story, although in general I do enjoy children's books. However, these stories are just so predictable and formulaic, it gets old after awhile. Overall, I did enjoy the book, and there are some funny and clever moments, but it wasn't terribly compelling.
Reviewer: - May 23, 2013
Subject: Robin Hood
Enjoyed the story, but not the variety of readers so much, some readers sounded like a tin can.
Reviewer: - April 19, 2008
Subject: Robin Hood
I really enjoyed this book − read it aloud to my children many times − was nice to hear someone else read it aloud. Multiple readers some with differeing styles − adds to the interest and fun.

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