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Herrin der Wälder (Sherwood #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,284 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Roberson, author of 15 previous novels, re-creates the first flush of romance between young Maid Marian and the man who will be Robin Hood in this prequel to the more familiar ``merry men'' legends--an often tiresome mixture of political chicanery and courtly passion that pales in comparison to those rollicking legends to come. Recently orphaned by her father's death in th ...more
Paperback, 631 pages
Published 1995 by Heyne (first published September 1st 1992)
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It’s been ages since I last encountered something so tone-deaf to the natural cadence of English. Five pages in and I burst out laughing at this:

The sheriff raised a single eloquent eyebrow. “Did he teach you that? Did he also teach you the sword?”
She knew precisely what he meant, though not long ago she had known nothing at all of hardship or the harsh argot of such men. Now she knew, and spoke it, answering him in kind with cool self-possession, fully cognizant of what admission could mean. “T
LADY OF THE FOREST is my second favorite Robin Hood retelling, after The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley. I've talked about Roberson's Sword-Dancer saga here before, but her historicals are written in such a markedly different style from her SF/F that they deserve their own discussion. I also discovered her through this book and will always be glad I picked it up that day, despite how thick it was, and despite the cover featuring Marian's neverending braids. Actually, I think it's quite a ...more
Authors who care deeply about historical accuracy are often faced with a dilemma: to relate documented facts in a cut-and-dried fashion that quite often harms the story's dramatic potential, or to use history like a crazy quilt, stitching together truthful passages with the fictional ones. I have employed the latter method. [-from Roberson's afterword]

This is an extremely wordy & slow-moving novel, but ultimately worth the effort. If pressed for a succinct analogy, I'd call Lady of the For
Brian Lee
How did this book escape my notice for so long? I am a fan of Jennifer Roberson and have read most of her other books. Truth is, I was aware of this book since it was released in 1992. I really think it was the girly romance cover art that made me balk at reading it. But girly romance this is not. I compare to Pillars of the Earth or even Game of Thrones for writing style and historical depth. A very well written book on Robin Hood. And other than Stephen Lawhead's HOOD, this is the only other n ...more
An excellent re-telling of the Robin Hood myth, with more emphasis on his motivations behind becoming an outlaw rather than the actual acts of stealing. Despite what the new cover looks like, this is not a mere romance novel. It's a very detailed historical fiction that Jennifer Roberson did a lot of research to make it feel real, and it shows. Of course, it's not going to be the exact same Robin Hood myth that people are familiar with, considering there's so many versions of the story floating ...more

Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson is the first of my goalwar this year - to read the oldest books on my shelf, or rather, the ones that have been in my life the longest that remain unread. I think I purchased this before moving out of my parents' home and I have since been living on my own well over a decade. Yeah. I've probably owned this book fifteen years. It's ostensibly a book about Maid Marion (spelled Marian in this version) and Robin Hood. It centers on Marian in a way that reminds
Ever since I read Howard Pyle's Robin Hood story in school (just one of many excellent books I read in school), I've been fascinated with the Robin Hood story. This is one of the best retellings of the myth anywhere. Jennifer Roberson explores how such a disparate group of individuals could come to form a band of merry men in an age when social distinctions and class ruled one's life and actions. As such, it's more about how this group came to steal together then about the actual stealing. What ...more
A brilliant look at the Robin Hood legend, mostly from the point of view of Marian. It really helps you understand what life would be like back then: the fear and uncertainty of having a king risking his life in a far-off land, the restrictions of being a lady of this era, and horrors of war. Robin has battle-flashbacks and a recurring fever he contracted in the Holy Land. Amazing book.
Sam~Alpha Male Addict~ Woodley Duenas
My favorite Robin Hood-Maid Marian retelling. Got the paperback as a hand me down from my older sister quite a couple of years (a loooong time) ago and I've reread it almost every year.

There's a sequel, too. I love both books because I love Robin's characterization here, his PTSD-ish experiences, how he falls in love with Marian, how he is with his merry band of outlaws and how he is with Marian herself (both books show that Robin is very much open to how much he loves Marian, very cute and sur
Regan Walker
An Opus Retelling of the Robin Hood Story, Rich in Historical Detail

Set in Nottinghamshire in 1194, this is a thorough telling of how Robin Hood came to be… and the love story of Sir Robert (Robin) of Locksley and Lady Marian of Ravenskeep. In the words of the author, it’s “…a fictional interpretation of imaginary events leading to the more familiar adventures depicted in novels…” And so it is.

The whole cast of characters is included in intricate detail (and consuming nearly 600 pages): Alan of
A bit of a darker version of the Robin Hood legends 3.5 stars. In retelling the standard Robin Hood story, the author took an interesting tact and cast him as tortured from his experiences in the violence of the Crusades, sort of a medieval post traumatic stress disorder. Of course, sparks fly when he meets Marian, who the most evil Sheriff of Nottingham also desires.

No big surprises, and the usual suspects and characters as we're used to in the Robin Hood legends. I have to agree with a couple
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
My kind of historical romance based on a legend! This is the second novel in a row I have read by this author, and I love the way she draws the reader into the times, the politics. the lives of the people of the time. This is a version of the legend of Robin Hood which has endured as a favorite through the centuries, Robin and Maid Marion who are Sir Robert Locksley and Lady Marian of Ravenskeep. Robert is the son of an Earl and has just come back from two years fighting along side of King Richa ...more
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A fascinating retelling of the Robin Hood legend. Roberson developed the characters and grounded the story in the politics of the time extremely well.
"....evil counselors", my foot!! Prince John was a self-serving ?!#x. I was amazed that King Richard upon his return to England could forgive his little brother for all the trouble he caused, but in the Author's Notes, it is stated that the quotation including the two previously stated words is documented. Now, how did I like the book? Well, I was miserable when it ended. I really wanted to go on for a couple of hundred more pages at least! The author wrote so well that I became completely engro ...more
Debbie Lester
My Synopsis:

Lady Of The Forest by Jennifer Roberson is a re-telling of the Robin Hood legend.

Maid Marian is still reeling from the death of her father, Hugh FitzWalter, and wondering what will happen to her childhood home of Ravenskeep, when the Sheriff of Nottingham takes an interest in her.

Robert of Locksley has only recently returned home from the crusades where he fought at the side of Richard the Lionheart. Still nursing old wounds and deeper emotional scars he fights to return to his old l
Kate Sherwood
I would have given it a three if it had been shorter - there wasn't much to actively dislike about it except that things kept being repeated and it took forever to get anywhere.

But there wasn't all that much to really like about it, either. I enjoyed the part where the Merry Men came together - it was obvious who everyone was, but still fun to wait for the big reveal (Will Scathlocke. But the peasants have started calling him... da dum! Will Scarlett!)

But even that dragged on. By the time Much w
I really liked the history that Jennifer Roberson wove into this story. She does an excellent job of creating a picture of Medieval life from peasant to Prince. She also does a very nice job of describing the politics during this period. It's obvious that she did a lot of research before sitting down to write this book.

I recently read 'Roselynde' by Roberta Gellis, it covers the same period in time as 'Lady of the Forest' but gives greater details about the politics and the conflict between King
"A beautiful synthesis of Robin Hood legends." --Marion Zimmer Bradley

With her king a captive and her coffers drained, England is left in turmoil during the Crusades. After the death of her father in the Holy Land, Lady Marian of Ravenskeep finds herself alone--and at the mercy of men vying for her lands and her beauty. Thrust into games of political intrigue, the sheltered knight's daughter soon learns to trust no one. . .

Afforded a hero's homecoming, Sir Robert of Locksley returns from th
Apanakhi Buckley
Roberson does an intriguing job of re-imagining who the characters of the Robin Hood legend were and I am 100% behind her exploration of Norman oppression. Robert of Locksley returns from the Crusades with a serious case of PTSD. He goes on to confront his father with a kind of teen-aged angst that does not parse well with someone who has come of age in the midst of the searing experience of war, which weakens the character. Nonetheless, his progression to becoming Robin Hood is plausible.

Wayland Smith
This was a very good retelling of the Robin Hood story. All the familiar elements of the myth are here, but redone in a new interpretation that really works.

Robin is fresh back from the Crusades, and he's pretty much got PTSD. Marian lost her father from the Crusades, and is now a ward of the king. Unfortunately, the King has been captured on his way home, and abuse of power runs rampant.

We meet the familiar names along the way: the Sheriff of Nottingham, Sir Guy of Gisbourne, Little John, Will
3.5 Stars

I found this book really hard to rate because for almost everything I liked about it, there was something that annoyed me. Still I decided that 3 stars was too low, since it did keep me invested and reading.

We open with Marion FitzWalter of Ravenskeep at a party to celebrate the return of Robert of Locksley from the crusades. A ward of the crown, Marion's father died in the crusades and the king, who will decide her fate, is being held hostage in Germany. William DeLacey is the Sheriff
Well, I finished it--and I don't have any qualms about not finishing a book I'm not enjoying reading. I liked the setting a lot, and I really liked the characterization of Robin as a PTSD-haunted veteran. I thought Marian developed nicely, although I do have issues with the way every single man she meets (except Robin's father) falls hopelessly, crazedly, willing-to-kill-people in love with her. I have known a few women like that; I had a roommate in college whose ex-boyfriend went into the prie ...more
A very good re-telling of the Robin Hood story, grounded in history, with an excellent portrayal of what King Richard and Prince John were probably like.

Very good eye for detail both in the day to day stuff and in the realities of war. Robin with a case of post traumatic stress makes heartbreakingly real sense.

My only problem is that Every. Single. Guy. in the Entire book falls in love or lust with Marian. If I was the sheriff's daughter, I'd be jealous too.
I first read this book years ago and instantly fell in love. There's something very compelling about a tortured Robin Hood and innocent Marian who is thrust into an unfamiliar and unsafe world quite abruptly. The tension between Robin and Marian and the entire build up to their relationship is so incredibly good.

However, the more times I read the book (and I've read it many, many times), the less patience I have for all the political intrigue surrounding Marian and Robin. Everyone in power is so
Probably the trashiest and most salacious version of the Robin Hood story I have ever come across, but with rare moments of beautiful language. Probably not worth the effort.
Regan Walker
An Opus Retelling of the Robin Hood Story, Rich in Historical Detail

Set in Nottinghamshire in 1194, this is a thorough telling of how Robin Hood came to be… and the love story of Sir Robert (Robin) of Locksley and Lady Marian of Ravenskeep. In the words of the author, it’s “…a fictional interpretation of imaginary events leading to the more familiar adventures depicted in novels…” And so it is.

The whole cast of characters is included in intricate detail (and consuming nearly 600 pages): Alan of
Feb 15, 2010 Wealhtheow marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: Angie
I think I read this as a tween and didn't like it, but Angie's review was so heartmeltingly sincere that I have to give it another shot.
My Book Addiction and More MBA
LADY OF THE FOREST by Jennifer Roberson is an interesting Medieval Historical Fiction set in 1194 England. #1 in the "Sherwood" series. A Re-issue. The re-telling of Lady Marian of Ravenskeep and Sir Robert of Locksley. What an interesting and intriguing story of betrayal, treachery, a quest for justice,political intrigue and trust. Sir Robert and Lady Marian are kindred souls, one alone, and the other a shattered man from his time in the Crusades. Thus their quest for justice along with a group ...more
This set of novels by Jennifer Roberson is an adult version of the Robin Hood story. The original characters are here(Robin, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John, the Sheriff of Nottingham) along with some of Roberson's additions. Very well written, action packed, and will keep you turning pages. While the story is much like the old tale I would not recommend it for my 13 year old as there is some adult content. (My daughter always wants to know what I'm reading. Maybe I'll get her to start her ...more
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Jennifer Mitchell Roberson O'Green is an author of fantasy and historical literature. Roberson has lived in Arizona since 1957. She grew up in Phoenix, but in 1999 relocated to Flagstaff. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Northern Arizona University. Roberson had spent her final semester in England at the University of London. This enabled her to do indepth research at castles ...more
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“In that instant Marian was swept up by the need to touch him, to reach out and press flesh to flesh, finger to finger; to close her hand on his arm so she could feel the warmth and vigor beneath the tunic sleeve. She wanted to know without question he was living, breathing, and hers.” 3 likes
“Saying nothing, she went to the bed he had devised and lay down upon it stiffly, settling a hip carefully as she turned onto her side. Leaves compressed. Twigs crackled. She lay very still, eyes squinched closed, jaws clenched, trying to breathe normally and hoping shadow shielded her face. Silence. “Well?” he asked at last. “It would be better with a cloak thrown over it, but we have none. I left it with the horse.” She smelled dampness, sap, and earth. She would not tell him the truth: even a cloak over the bedding would offer her little comfort.
“It will do,” she said quietly, tucking a leaf down from her mouth.

He nodded. “Get up.”

“But I only just—”

“Please.” She got up, as requested, picking leaves and twigs from her hair and kirtle.

Mutely she watched as he lay down in her place, testing the bed. He was silent. Then, with infinite irony, “You are polite.”
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