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The Adventures Of Robin Hood

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The story of the English folk hero and medieval outlaw Robin Hood who as legend would have it lived in the days of Richard the Lionheart and Prince John and, with his band of merry men, fought injustice and tyranny. This retelling of the stories, first published in 1956, has become an acknowledged classic: a literary mosaic in which Roger Lancelyn Green has brought togethe...more
Hardcover, Everyman's Library Children's Classics, 275 pages
Published September 1994 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 1956)
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Pure adventure and a wonderful read with the boys. Green knows how to weave together action scenes and each tale causes the reader to lean in and be a part of the story.. There is a reason this is a classic tale. I highly recommend this book as well as Green's "King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table". Here's one of my favorite quotes from this book as Robin first calls forth his merry men in Sherwood Forest:

"Now, my friends, we do not take from these and their kind to enrich ourselves. W...more
Lanie Sanders
its was alright as far as repeative rescues go. every attack was the same basic thing. Robin wears a custom, tricks the bad guys, then jumps out and says "HAHA!i am robin hood!" Its cute for a kids but i suppose, but not for someone looking for a stimulating read.

i really only finished so i could finally put it on its place of honor on my Robin Hood shelf in my room. (Yes, i have a whole shelf solely for Robin Hood novels. Sue me.) Anyway, i decided to give "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Three...more
Roger Lancelyn Green makes an interesting attempt at turning the disparate Robin Hood legends and traditions into one long narrative, threading in stories and sources as diverse as Anthony Munday and Sir Walter Scott, the medieval ballads and pageant plays, and the various other sources. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, with seeming contradictions popping up here and there with little to justify them, but on the whole it does tie you a greater sense of time passage and character develop...more
Anders Petersen
May 22, 2012 Anders Petersen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Robin Hood followers.
Shelves: adventure
In a time of oppression, where the rich grows richer and the poor grows poorer, one man will challenge the corrupted prince and rebel in the name of God and justice.

The tale of Robin Hood is well known and there have been many variations.
However this book ties together a lot of the old fashion tales of Robin Hood. (and does one hell of a job at it)

The book takes us through the life of Robin Hood, from his birth to his death.
Meanwhile, we are thrown into his merry adventures and introduced to h...more
Robbie Hall
It's mostly a just a collection of standalone short stories, which I wasn't too fond of as I would have preferred a single cohesive story. However, the stories are pretty entertaining, if a little repetitive.

The following is a list consisting of plot points and the probability that they appear in a chapter (each chapter is essentially a short story).

60% - An archery contest that Robin Hood wins.
60% - A friendly fight with quarterstaves that Robin Hood wins. One or both participants will finish...more
Lee Broderick
It seems incredible to me that this book, first published in 1956, represents the first time that someone tried to collect all of the various Robin Hood stories and develop them into a coherent whole. As the author noted in his introduction, this is in somewhat extreme contrast with the legends of King Arthur. The result is a collection of short stories which very occasionally seem a little contradictory but which overall do give the sense of a coherent narrative - from the origins of the hero t...more
Cheyenne Silvers
Okay, yes this was for kiddies, but it was highly entertaining and an easy read for the poor busy senior who had to finish a book in 24 hours. Each chapter was like a mini story, the first few set up how robin was born and how he got his outlaw band set up. The next few were introducing new characters such as friar tuck and little John and allin-a-dale. The next few chapters were individual adventures such as when Robin goes to an archery contest to win a silver arrow.

This was a well written bo...more
Feb 14, 2014 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
A good compilation of Robin Hood stories, all bound together with a thread of pursuit and of the creation of the merry men, but each story can stand alone.

The stories are told with a fair mix of old-speak and common language that wasn't too daunting to read to my 10 year old, and he liked the "authentic" feel of it.

There were parts he laughed out loud at, but also one clunker of a story (Semi spoiler: Robin Hood and Maid Marian don't recognize each other and have an all out swordfight? really no...more
Dec 02, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: robin
Dad bought this from the Folio Society. I stole it off him a few years ago and never gave it back. I am such a sucker for Robin stories.
A wonderful collection of familiar and less familiar Robin Hood tales. Green gives the storytelling and dialogue the feel of older English without making the language a barrier to the younger reader. I particularly like the political flavor added by the references to the Norman/Saxon tensions during the time. I very much like the way the collection ends in a not so happily ever after sense.

I'm really glad that I picked it up, and I'd encourage others who enjoy children’s classics to do the same!...more
Russell M.
The setting that this book takes is between the forest of Nottingham and Nottingham itself. It transfers from place to place every chapter. The main conflict is between of the formal "Prince" John, and the merciful Robin Hood. while some residents take place with Prince John, most people still beileve that King Richard (kidnapped by the enemy of england)may come back to nottingham.

Some events that happen are for example are the encouter with the Black Knight, the bishop: Friar Truck, and John Li...more
I got this book (and others by the same author and publisher) after reading Tales of Ancient Egypt because that was surprisingly good. This was less of a surprise, but still quite good. Green has made a serious effort to gather source material about Robin Hood legends and string the stories together so they make logical sense and there is some flow of cause and effect. His writing is easy to read, even though he includes older vocabulary and use of language to give more sense of the time period...more
Another retelling of the Robin Hood Legend. Roger Lancelyn Green's retelling, a bit more modern having been published in 1956, draws heavily upon the old ballads and plays as well as the works of Alfred Noyes, Tenneyson and Scott.
I found this Robin Hood to more closely resemble the Robin Hood that modern pop culture has given us or I guess this might be the Robin Hood the the modern retellings have gained some inspiration. Green's Robin started out as the Earl of Huntingdon who was selling his l...more
The author, Roger Green, had a distinct purpose for writing The Adventures of Robin Hood. While he did not state the purpose in the story, it is very clear. In the case of most myths, legends, and tall tales the adventures and actions of the heroes are almost never told in one large volume. Green’s purpose was to unite the stories of Robin Hood into an attractive narrative format without completely removing the ballads (pieces of which remain at the start of every chapter). In unifying the stori...more
David Ding
Note: I wasn't able to italicize the words so instead I just put the title of the book in quotes.

"The Adventures of Robin Hood" is a fun, enjoyable, and exciting book for all readers. It's a classic so the story has been passed down from generations to generations. It shows the brilliance of how Robin Hood and his group of men steal from the rich and give to the poor while avoiding the Sheriff. It demonstrates pure courage to the fullest with a fun, humorous story! Right off the bat, a few negat...more
Hannah  Walsh

Just a Few Reasons Why This Book is So Fantastic:

1. Roger Lancelyn Green is so good at bringing the old legend's to life and making them so much fun to read. I felt the same way about his King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table. There are so many old stories and so much information about Robin Hood out there, and somehow the author perfectly fits it all into this easy-to-read book.

2. Robin Hood is beyond awesome. Okay, so he's an outlaw who's always looking for trouble and sneakily cheat...more

So, here I go. The Adventures of Robin Hood. A children's classic. It was a fun read, and I really enjoyed it. It was quite well written, taken, as much as possible, from old ballads and plays about Robin Hood, who is a classic character for many reasons. He's been around forever.

Lancelyn Green follows the general consensus of Robin Hood folklore in placing him in the time of King Richard I, the Lion Heart, who went away on a crusade and landed in prison on his way home. With the king thus indi...more
Jordan Boivin
Analysis: Robin Hood
Robin Hood is written by Roger Green and is a fiction novel about the tales of the legendary hero Robin Hood. The book uses the literary technique of character mostly. It focuses mainly on the life of Robin Hood and his merry men. The time period of the story is set back to the twelfth century during the renaissance.
The first time I ever heard of Robin Hood was from the Disney movie made about it. It was simply the child’s version and so I didn’t expect for there to be many...more
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD. (1956; this ed. 2001). Collected and retold by Roger Lancelyn Green. ****.
When I think about it, I don’t remember reading any book about Robin Hood, unless it was a Classics Comic Book or a book for very young readers. In this edition, published by the Folio Society, Mr. Green has researched the legend and gathered them together in a very readable form, and compiled all of the adventures into a coherent story. All the bits and pieces that we know – I suspect from t...more
Oct 24, 2008 Amy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone-I guess you should read it once
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Sarah Wingo
I love the Robin Hood and I've seen pretty much all the movies, the TV show and read many of the stories, but this is the first time I've ever read The Adventures of Robin Hood all the way through and it was pretty cool. You can see where all of the other stories that are a part of popular Robin Hood myth came from and how they have changed over time.

I have to say that my favorite part of reading this book was that I hadn't realized before what a bad ass Maid Marian is. In all the movies she ten...more
Sarah Downing
As some of the other reviews states this is a telling of Robin Hood based on old ballads etc.

What I remember most strong from reading it years ago is maid Marian, disguising herself as a forester and beating/almost beating Robin Hood in a quarterstaff fight, and threating to climb out of a window if her father imprisoners her to prevent her seeing robin hood.
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
I honestly went into this book expecting not to like it. You see, I'm obsessed with BBC's TV series Robin Hood, so I expected that I wouldn't like the "real" (or as close to it as one can get) version. But I was pleasantly surprised. I could actually merge the two versions in my mind quite well.

It was quite well written, taken, as much as possible, from old ballads and plays about Robin Hood, I really liked it. Green truly picked the best versions of all the different stories, and I loved how th...more
"The Adventures of Robin Hood" is Green's attempt to gather and organize all the legends and myths of Robin Hood in one complete storyline. Of course the chapters are very episodic and fragmental as a consequence of the original material, but Green manages fairly good. There's a great sense of continuity present in this book.

The story itself is very repetitive, but the characters are fairly agreeable and well represented. Especially Lady Marian who turned out to be a lot more than the average "d...more
The dialogue is extremely stiff and formal, and the story, while it does a good job of putting the various myths in a coherent package, is too focused on making sure that Robin is a perfect '50s-style pious and patriotic (to the true King, naturally) man, while at the same time emphasizing his noble background. Too moralistic for my taste, in other words.

The story also perpetuates the Good King Richard, evil John story, which I won't fault it for (since its a part of the myth, however unfounded)...more
Михей Кресто
The Adventures of Robin Hoob was inspiring to the human moral. Many of the problems in the book also occour in the world today, I`m sure. Also, the style of the book was very interesting, as it was arranged in an epic of tales.

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This was more of a collection of the adventures of Robin Hood (which in my opinion was the way it should be done). I love all the poems written in the past that were featured at the beginning of each chapter. The band of merry men were fun to learn about and become kind of attached to- loved Friar Tuck, Little John, Much, Will Scarlet, and of course Maid Marian (who is WAY cooler then some movies make her out to be). She's a much stronger character then Hollywood would sometimes make her out to...more
As the title suggests this book is full of adventures, each short chapter a standalone adventure, but with some references to earlier adventures each time. Most of the time it is either robin hood taking part in an archery competition, or getting bored and going into the forest to pick a friendly fight with the first person he can find then to invite him to dinner. We meet all the merry men one by one, and a mysterious black knight (it is too obvious who it is that it isn't much of a reveal). Wa...more
Carsten Thomsen
This version of Robin Hood is all about the action. A pure adventure story about all the myths and legends surrounding the merry men of Sherwood Forest. Perfect read for boys who wants a story with fighting, hiding, escaping, disguising, shooting, feasting and hurraying.

I don't know. In the middle of this reading I got tired of all the running to and from the forest. They kill, cheer and move on. I wanted a little more depth to the character's - they never really came alive to me - not more tha...more
Anastasia [I'm Wonderstruck...]
An extremely enjoyable classic that had me laughing out loud, so much so that turning pages was a pleasure. This somehow managed to hold my attention just long enough to pull me into its realm of enchantment.

It's been forever since a book did that to me. In fact, I'm kind of starting to miss it now. :|


Really, Robin? Oh, thank you! Thank you!

I'll just wait for it like this, then:

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Roger (Gilbert) Lancelyn Green was a British biographer and children's writer. He was an Oxford academic who formed part of the Inklings literary discussion group along with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Born in 1918 in Norwich, England, Green studied under C. S. Lewis at Merton College, Oxford, where he obtained a B.Litt. degree. He delivered the 1968 Andrew Lang lecture. Green lived in Cheshire...more
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“Here have I come to die,' he said, 'and where else could I ask to die but in your arms?” 7 likes
“Underneath this little stone
Lies Robert Earl of Huntington;
No other archer was so good -
And people called him Robin Hood.
Such outlaws as he and his men
Will England never see again.”
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