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Robin Hood (Myths and Legends #7)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
From the early ballads that established his stories to the later additions of Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian, and Alan-a-Dale, this book explores how the legend of Robin Hood grew.

He robbed from the rich to give to the poor, or so the legend goes. But who was the outlaw known as Robin Hood? How did his legend develop and how has it changed over the passing centuries?
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Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Osprey Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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Chris
Disclaimer: ARC read via Netgalley in exchange for a fair review. Illustrations were not included in the ARC, so I am not commenting on them.

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Your child has just watched the Disney cartoon of Robin Hood and wants to know more? What do you do? You get this book.

Osprey’s Robin Hood book contains a breakdown of the legend drawing not just on the famous book by Pyle but also on the ballads. The stories follow the well known tracts of Robin Hood. However, like the Troy book
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Declan Waters
Nov 25, 2016 Declan Waters rated it liked it
Set in the same manner as the Essential Histories this book explores the myth and legend of Robin Hood.

Looking at each of the stories normally featuring Robin Hood and looking at his Merry Men, Maid Marian and the introduction of a Saracen by the BBC, this has a lot of organised information about Hood.
Blair Hodgkinson
Feb 01, 2014 Blair Hodgkinson rated it it was ok
First off, I will discuss the illustrations. Nottinghamshire-based artist Peter Dennis contributes several original illustrations to the publication and they are memorable. They are full of colour and period details, vibrant and exciting and exactly the sort of pictures you would expect to find showcased in an Osprey book. These alone are worth the price of the book... IF you love quality book illustration. In addition, many other photographs and artworks are presented ranging from book ...more
Jessica Strider
Jan 21, 2014 Jessica Strider rated it really liked it
Myths & Legends: Robin Hood by Neil Smith, Illustrated by Peter Dennis

Pros: summarizes several stories, mentions scholarship about historical possibilities for Robin Hood’s identity

Cons: repetitious, Maid Marion’s origin story left out

This is another volume from Osprey’s Myths & Legends series. Like the others, it summarizes the stories involved as well as gives historical information on where the legends came from.

This book is separated into the Legend of Robin Hood (the earliest storie
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Nicole
Sep 13, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: Received from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

Robin Hood is a telling of the myth, legend, and modern adaptations of the information historians have on Robin Hood. The text is well balanced with lovely pictures that fit what Neil Smith is writing about.

While not a heavy read on information about Robin Hood it is a good start for someone who has no solid background information on the possibilities of who Robin Hood could really be. The information was presented in an easy to
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Wayne McCoy
Apr 04, 2014 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Robin Hood by Neil Smith is another great Osprey Publishing short intro title. This time around the origins of the Robin Hood stories are discussed. From the early ballads to the introduction of characters in the Romantic era that weren't part of the original ballads, like Friar Tuck and Maid Marian.

These books pack a lot into a short 80 pages (that also include illustrations!). The first chapter goes through all the original ballads and tells their origin. The second section tells more about Ro
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MeriBeth
Apr 11, 2014 MeriBeth rated it liked it
Recommends it for: middle school readers
Shelves: history, netgalley
Disclaimer: Received from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.

This is a heavily illustrated overview of the Legend of Robin Hood. That is both the plus and the negative of this book.

The text is clear and informative but also simplified. A bit of research on my part did uncover the fact that this book is part of a series marketed for teens and young adults. However, the text seems to be geared more toward upper elementary and middle school readers introducing them to a variety of myths and l
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DelAnne Frazee
Feb 04, 2014 DelAnne Frazee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Robin Hood
Author: Neil Smith
Publisher: Ofsprey Publishing , Liited
Published: 1-21-2014
ISBN-13: 9781472801272
E-Book ASIN:
Pages: 80
Genre: Fictiction
Tags: Myths and Legends
Overall Rating:


Most have heard the story of Robin Hood, but have you heard the real story behind the legend. The legend that was made into books and movies was based on the life of a real man. Not of the peerage, but rather a yeoman. Odes, ballads and folk lore abound to tell the tales of Robin Hood and Neil Smith has c
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Sylvia Becker
Jul 22, 2016 Sylvia Becker rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
When I saw the title and the characteristic Osprey-style illustration for this book, I immediately went on to read it. Like many people, I am a big fan of the illustrations in Osprey books, so Robin Hood by Neil Smith was irresistible.

Robin Hood is not your typical fictionalised account of the world's favourite outlaw, nor is it a history textbook. This book is a bit a mixture of the two, and great for kids who want to learn about Robin and his exploits without resorting to thick (and boring) te
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Melissa
Oct 16, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile, netgalley
What I didn't like: the included tales of Robin Hood were short, watered-down, and too simplistic. There are much better adaptations of the stories out there! Also, sometimes the illustrations didn't match up with the current story (for example, there was a picture of Robin fighting Friar Tuck that came many pages after that story took place! However, I did read an advanced copy through NetGalley, so perhaps some of the pictures got moved appropriately before publication).

What I did like: The i
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Fantasy Literature
Robin Hood is one of the generally excellent series of MYTHS AND LEGENDS by Osprey Publishing, this one written by Neil Smith. It follows the same general format as the others, with a brief intro, retellings of the stories, examination of historical background to the stories and the setting, a brief look at the legend in modern multi-media retellings, all while interspersing throughout some sidebars to fill in some non-essential but often quite helpful and interesting information. Finally, the ...more
Fantasy Literature
Aug 09, 2016 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
Robin Hood is one of the generally excellent series of MYTHS AND LEGENDS by Osprey Publishing, this one written by Neil Smith. It follows the same general format as the others, with a brief intro, retellings of the stories, examination of historical background to the stories and the setting, a brief look at the legend in modern multi-media retellings, all while interspersing throughout some sidebars to fill in some non-essential but often quite helpful and interesting information. Finally, the ...more
Fantasy Literature
Robin Hood is one of the generally excellent series of MYTHS AND LEGENDS by Osprey Publishing, this one written by Neil Smith. It follows the same general format as the others, with a brief intro, retellings of the stories, examination of historical background to the stories and the setting, a brief look at the legend in modern multi-media retellings, all while interspersing throughout some sidebars to fill in some non-essential but often quite helpful and interesting information. Finally, the ...more
Melissa
Robin Hood has fascinated readers and audiences for years, many many years. Which brings the question who was Robin Hood? Where did the story come from? Why are there so many different versions? Neil Smith has done a great job of presenting the myth and legend. Smith's adapatations and retellings of the different adventures are very readable and filled with information about when and where different stories and characters appeared. 4/5 stars
Theresa
Jan 24, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it
Robin hood
by Neil smith
A research ideal of the the legend and the story of Robin hood, looking at the number of inspired interpretation. From the story line of the legend, from its first writing, and those theorized that they were Robin hood. Looking at the Movies, and modern legends. But also each of the people involved with the story. Great pictures and details.
Lab
Jan 08, 2014 Lab rated it it was ok
Barely ok-ish retelling of Robin Hood with some background information. It's solid, but the style in which the actual storytelling happens is not very evocative and borders on boring (which is a almost a crime, considering that the legends of Robin Hood and his Merry Men have kept people entertained for centuries). Epub formatting is dreadful.
Josiphine
Oct 13, 2014 Josiphine marked it as will-not-finish
Shelves: arc
***This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review***

This book looks so interesting, but the copy I downloaded is so poorly edited I am unable to read it. The pages are in the wrong order, whole sentences are missing, and then sometimes show up ten pages later in the middle of a different sentence. It's not worth the trouble of trying to decipher it.
Brian Turner
Dec 06, 2014 Brian Turner rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Part of the Osprey Myths & Legends series.
Takes a look at the stories behind Robin Hood, explores who he may have been, and looks at the different film and TV versions that have appeared.

Well illustrated by Peter Dennis.
Tabby Shiflett
Jan 24, 2014 Tabby Shiflett rated it really liked it
A YA introduction to Robin Hood. Most of the book attempts to separate fact from legend. It includes some nice illustrations as well. This work is a good starting point for young adults.

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