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Chapter 4 A Bonny Fine Maid

Chapter 5 The Downfall of Robert, Earl of Huntingdon

Chapter 6 Arrayed in Lincoln Green

Chapter 7 Despoil the Rich only to Give to the Poor

Chapter 8 Robert Hood, Yeoman

Acknowledgements





Introduction



Few medieval figures are as instantly recognisable as Robin Hood. His feathered cap, short jerkin of Lincoln green, figure–hugging tights and longbow are iconic symbols of this famous English outlaw. Whether he appears on TV, the movie screen or the cover of a book there is no mistaking Robin Hood.

His exploits are as well known as his appearance. Even when he is being parodied or the story altered for laughs the basic themes are the same. Robin steals from the rich to give to the poor, he punishes those in power who abuse their positions and he is the finest shot with a bow in all England. His companions also remain much the same in every retelling. There is the burly Little John, the comedic Friar Tuck, the daft Much the Miller’s Son, artistic Will Scarlett and the beautiful Maid Marian. And the villains are just as recognisable – the devious and dishonest Sheriff of Nottingham, the charming but amoral Sir Guy of Gisborne and the cowardly but avaricious Prince John.

The stories of Robin Hood have been retold in many forms on film, on TV and in books in recent years. In most of them some events appear time and again. There is usually an archery contest, Robin is often captured by the Sheriff of Nottingham, Prince John tries to usurp the throne, Robin is a nobleman unlawfully deprived of his titles and estates, Robin enters Nottingham in disguise, Maid Marian helps Robin to escape a danger, Friar Tuck falls in a river, Little John fights Robin on a bridge, Guy of Gisborne falls in love with Maid Marian, Robin leads a band of merry men, the Sheriff of Nottingham imposes unjust and unlawful taxes, King Richard the Lionheart comes home and puts everything right.

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