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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

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

A modern day legend, Robin Hood is an archetypal hero of the common people who goes to great lengths to famously take from the rich and give to the poor. Luckily he is not alone in his mission, as his righteous views are shared by his band of Merry Men, a group of yeomen, and together they pursue an end to injustice and oppression.

Set in medieval England, the tale begins with the introduction of a young archer, who is provoked into conflict and committing a crime against the formidable Sherriff of Nottingham and is immediately dubbed an outlaw. Whilst fleeing from retribution, Robin finds himself hiding out in Sherwood Forest where he meets a lively group of characters, each having their own story to be told. Thereupon, the adventures of Robin Hood, his right-hand Little John, Friar Tuck, the cunning Tinker and the other Merry Men have begun. In a clash against the self-centered Sheriff and his adherents, Robin and his men must figure out a way to help the peasants from mistreatment by the wealthy, and clear their names at the same time.

Pyle has successfully recreated a medieval world by piecing together bits and pieces from old ballads and folklore, not excluding the noteworthy archery contests, a beautiful damsel in distress, battles of honor and furthermore adding his own touch to the excitement. Pyle most definitely outdoes himself as he illustrates an impeccable representation of the legendary adventures of the free spirited Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. Being one of the first cohesive books about Robin Hood, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, is the most prominent version recognized by international audiences and a source for cinema adaptations. Filled with action, disguises and humor, the book does not leave anybody indifferent and it is no surprise that it has remained a household favorite throughout generations.

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by Howard Pyle



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 - 5 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 13, 2014
Subject: Readers
Great book but some of the readers sounded like mountain man/duckdynasty.
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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