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Published (first published 1883)
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Karen
Seldomly I've been so touched by a book as I was by Robin Hood. From the very beginning it was a lighthearted and happy tale of an outlaw and his adventures, told in a careless, joyful and entertaining language - depicting Robin Hood not as a criminal, but a lovely young man with a sharp wit, sense of humour and excellent skills with the bow. He is the king of his band of men yet they are equal, he shows mercy for the needing and sympathy for the weak. You wish him all good in the world and it i ...more
Rob
Marry, I didst learn to prate e'en as those stout fellows did in Merry Old England. 'Tis true, there are other accounts of Bold Robin's merry doings, but this one, I wot, pleases me most of them all. By the bright eyes of the lass I love best, I'll say you, do you give yon 'Bloody Quaker' the chance, thou wilt likewise fall, willy-nilly, under his spell, both with the pen, and the brush, for he is a fair hand with both, withal.

And to whoever did lightly reave away my copy (I've since obtained an
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Dave Skaff
Pretty much the first thing every new Kindle owner does is download a shitload of free classics. And hey why not? They're much lauded - and free! And among that set for me was this book.

I loved the Robin Hood tales as a child, read some other more kid-friendly versions of it time and time again as a boy and so I thought I'd tackle the original* here.

And? It was awesome. If you liked it then you'll like it now. Friar Tuck, Little John, Will Scarlet - the whole band is there, frolicking and robbi
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Steve Hemmeke
A rollicking good time. This long version by traditional storyteller Howard Pyle hums with the merriment of Robin's band of brothers. Their adventures involve bringing justice to folks in need, at the expense of the apathetic or oppressive rich and powerful passing near Sherwood forest.

It struck me that Robin Hood presents some lessons from the 1200s on masculinity, which we might not learn in our culture. The typical reference to Robin's merry men today tends to be an off color homosexual refer
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Nikki
Read this for my Robin Hood module, as with Ivanhoe. This is the second book which I just couldn't read as anything but an English Literature student; my lit student hat remained firmly jammed upon my head. It pains me to read other people's reviews and thoughts on this, given that they're so wildly inaccurate about it. E.g. someone thinking it was "the" book of Robin Hood (and not knowing about the ballad tradition, or the forerunners to this such as Ivanhoe). Or someone thinking it's written i ...more
Kirsten
This was I genuinely life altering book for me. I read it for a 12th grade book report and I absolutely loved it. This one book sparked a revolution in my reading habits. No longer was I a participant of the young adult genre, devouring books like Harry Potter or The Series of Unfortunate Events(and that's nit to say I don't like them anymore or that I think they're stupid, I still love them), I now belonged to a more scholarly class of literature. A whole new world was opened up for me.

In the
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Brian
7/1/2000 - 7/10

After getting a taste of Robin Hood in Ivanhoe, I decided to find out more about him. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood takes its basis from the many old ballads about Robin Hood. As a result, it is a combination of mini-stories. Howard Pyle does a commendable job in joining all these stories into a cohesive novel. It was fun following the adventures of Robin, Little John, Friar Tuck, and the rest of the merry band!

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Holly
At my high school, I have to read 500 pages worth of classic books. I'm not the kind of girl to fawn over Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre. I wanted an interesting classic, so I picked up Robin Hood (because who doesn't like him?) I was especially drawn to him thanks to a recent viewing of Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Thank you, Mel Brooks.

Anyway. Back to the book. I was concerned about the whole "steals from the rich and give to the needy" at first because the whole premise seemed to be this: Robin
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Brittany
The stout yeoman Robin Hood and his broad-shouldered band of outlaws make for an awesome reading adventure. The boys (ages 4 & 7) and I loved listening to the stories the in the car. The book was just as good as I remember it from my childhood.

I love how the reader does all the voices. And when the characters burst into song, as they are wont to do on occasion, the narrator even sings in character! I laughed at the fun language Robin Hood and Little John use: Any good character is stout and
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Mary
Quite different from many modern retellings of the story. The men where really men (it seems like beating someone up was the equivolent of a handshake), but they were also really women (I'm looking at you, Will Scarlet.) Maid Marian is present only as a thought in Robin's head. The really excellent stories, like how Robin keeps tricking people out of their clothes to keep the vengeful King Henry off his tail (by the time King John shows up, Robin is--oddly--working for him) or carrying Friar Tuc ...more
Kollen
Robin Hood
By: Kollen Erickson

The book I just finished was Robin Hood. That’s the book I’m doing this book report on. The author of this book is Roger Green the author retold this book.

The theme of this book Robin Hood is about a boy named Robin Hood would go around and steal the rich peoples money to give to the poor. An example of how he achieved this was that he entered tournaments with the money that he stole from the rich people.

The second way that he achieved this was that that he made
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Johnny Waco
Leave it to a Yankee Quaker to write the best-known version of the Robin Hood myth, one that emphasizes Robin's everyman identity and abhorrence of overbearing nobility. This novel, complete with Pyle's incredible illustrations, flies along with all the familiar tales of how Robin meets (and gets bested by) Little John, how he befriends Friar Tuck, and how he disguises himself to enter and win the sheriff's archery tournament. What's different here is that Robin is merely a yeoman (a freeman, ra ...more
Maurean
Mar 25, 2009 Maurean rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maurean by: Nanna Vogan
Classic Educator Edition, vol. 6; 272 pgs.
The particular issue that I read has been a part of my library, apparently since my 6th Christmas, as it is inscribed on the back from my grandmother, with the date: 12/25/72. Mine is a Classic Press Educators Edition, and while the cover shown isn’t exactly correct, it is as close as I could find. I have very clear memories of perusing these books throughout my childhood (this is one of a set of classics that includes such beloved tales as Kipling’s “Th
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Mrs. C.
At the classical school where I teach, I combine this with the writing of a Refutation (one of the elements of the classical progymnasmata), disproving the twentieth-century interpretation of Robin Hood as a person who "robbed from the rich and gave to the poor." Students examine all of the stories and try to find the common denominator amongst the motley crew of commoners, churchmen, the Norman rulers, etc., and discover it to be their ill-gotten gains. What Robin Hood is doing is not stealing ...more
Susan
Gadzooks and forsooth! Me thinketh the author doth use the words 'lusty' and 'stout' muchly. :) Kidding aside, this was quite a rollicking adventure with Robin Hood and his band of men. There were stories on how Robin met the men and how they came to join him, and their exciting adventures together. We even got a chapter on Sir Guy, riding up on his horse in some sort of hairy costume. Personally, I like the TV series Sir Guy better - in the book he lasts only about half a chapter, whereas he la ...more
Hallie
Having only watched Robin Hood movies (both Disney fox and Kevin Costner starring), I enjoyed the tale behind the legend. I was touched by the band's selfless loyalty and the chivalry and simplicity of outlaws who ensure justice and set wrongs right. Something about a historic work gathered from ballads and folk tales imbues the story with a timeless significance. "Good reads" transport the reader and this truly was an enjoyable read all around.
Isabela Schwarz
I thought that The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood was a great book. It is no wonder that this book is a classic because it combines unforgettable characters with engaging and funny adventures as well as some pretty awesome fight scenes. On top of the fact that the stories were good I also liked the tone because it was so lighthearted that it almost made me feel like I was part of Robin hood’s band of merry men. The author really managed to convey the spirit of Robin Hood in his writing. The way ...more
James
Listened to the podcast from http://librivox.org. Another book I missed during my yout(h). Enjoyed Robin's adventures immensely. Never knew what happened to Robin in his old age. Errol Flynn's film, "The Adventures of Robin Hood" http://tr.im/Ag7k, nor Richard Greene's television programme, "The Adventures of Robin Hood" http://tr.im/Ag7K, told the whole story. Now I know.
Jeff
You know when you see a movie that you haven't seen since you were a kid, like "Karate Kid" or "Neverending Story" and you contemplate how you could ever have thought those were cool movies. Well that's sort of what happened when I read Robin Hood. The Disney cartoon movie of Robin Hood ruined the read for me. Yes, I am that simple.
Monkeybob
This book is about when Robin was a young boy he killed a man and became an outlaw. Now he livesoff the land with his fellow outlaws. they have shooting contest and they hunt the king's deer. the sherrif is always trying to capture the outlaws,they alwaysescape from him.
Ethan Kolberg
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
by Howard Pyle

I loved this book because of how joyful, caring, and good Robin and his band was to one another. Some of them they've just met but they still treated each other as if they knew them for many years. I loved the way the band lived, out doors, all the time. Most of the time, Robin Hood, Little John, and Will Stutely, the three main characters, we out and about, doing whatever was needed, but at the end of each long day, they made it back to the forest
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Pamela Mclaren
Didn't know how I would fee about this book as I should have read it when I was much younger, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially for its light deft touch on the man, his associates and his stories. Pyle, who was actually an illustrator who took this and other stories and adapted them for young people, did just that with Robin Hood, creating most definitely an unreal happy-go-lucky, gentle thief who lives in the woods and takes from the rich "to give to the poor."

The stories are funny, light
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Michelle
This reads like a Bollywood movie. A wedding, lots of fights, and some singing and dancing.
Matthew Brisbois


One of the most epic tales ever written. A heroic tale that I'll never forget
Will Solace
Hated it. Tried, beared all of forty pages,

Gave.

Up.

I can persevere through many books but this is not one of them.

The character of Robin Hood is too merry and too festive. He deserves to be captured. Crossed my fingers, but he managed to escape.

Poor Sheriff.

It always makes the Sheriff look bad but hey Robin Hood killed a man and one of the King's prized deer for the sake of a bet.

Anger management issues if you ask me.

Shot a man straight through the head with an arrow just because his stupidi
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Diana
Aug 11, 2014 Diana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Robin Hood lovers, adventure lovers
Shelves: shelf-of-love
I'd seen the 1922 Robin Hood film, the 1938 Robin Hood film, and was in the middle of watching the 1950's Robin Hood TV show when I got an idea: "Maybe I should read a Robin Hood book, too!" So I picked up Howard Pyle's The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire.

If you cannot appreciate the pleasant flow of early modern English, find adventure books tedious, believe history is boring, think the medieval times were gross, etc., do not go any further because this book is
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Josiah
"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 not to do with innocent laughter that can harm no one; these pages are not for you."

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, P. 3

"It doth make a man better...to hear of those noble men that lived so long ago. When one doth list to such tales, his soul doth say, 'Put by thy poor little likings and seek to do likewise
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Kara Jorges
Being a fan of adventure fiction, I could not ignore this truly vintage tale. This is the story of many of the adventures of Robin Hood and his merry men. I must say, as usual, the movies can’t hold a candle to the book. Hollywood has also chosen to ignore Robin Hood’s attitude toward the church and clergy, which were important issues in his day. Written in the 18th century, it takes a little getting used to the language, but it quickly becomes part of the ambience as Robin Hood, Little John, Fr ...more
Annette
Written in 1883, it would perhaps be an overstatement to call this book the Robin Hood "Ur-myth;" nevertheless, it does contain nearly all of the classic Robin Hood stories written in a "merry" style never weighted down by depth or nuance. The feel, in fact, is very much like the Disney movie - you would never recognize (for instance), Kevin Costner's Hood in Pyle's stories.

Style-wise it is surprisingly accessible. Certainly there are plenty of "thees" and "thous," "forsooths," "wots," and "ano
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Diz
Ok.so maybe I only read this book because I was desperate to find a story about Robin Hood that wasn't either the Disney movie nor that over movie with a really hot guy, just the story of how Robin became Robin. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I stumble with this book in a second hand bookstore and was almost crying with happiness when I discovered it had illustrations. Nope, nothing at all.
Anyway, I really liked it, not loved it but it did made me laugh and take some sympathy
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Howard Pyle was an American illustrator and author, primarily of books for young people.

During 1894 he began teaching illustration at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (now Drexel University), and after 1900 he founded his own school of art and illustration named the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art. The term Brandywine School was later applied to the illustration artists an
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