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The finest and most cunning archer in Nottingham Town, Robin Hood is outlawed not only because he killed a man, but also because he had poached the King's deer. Forced into hiding in Sherwood Forest, he soon becomes the leader and chief of a band of likeminded outcasts trying to escape trying to escape injustice and oppression.

These courageous and misunderstood men vow to

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Hardcover, 328 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Fall River Press (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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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!

For more info on Robin Hood check out:
Robin Hood - lots of genera
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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
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
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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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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Patrick Glazier
This is a book about a young, well eventually older, man named Robin Hood. One day walking through Sherwood forest he gets into a dispute with some of the king’s rangers. After proving himself the better archer, the men trick Robin and try to arrest him. To escape capture he kills one of the men and finds a secluded part of Sherwood forest.
It is on this area that most of the book takes place. In here Robin amasses a group of bandits. These bandits see that the few on the top make life miserabl
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J.c. Drost
I was browsing through the classic literature section when I saw this book and I knew I had to read it. Robin Hood is such a widely known figure, and one that I have enjoyed my entire life, whether in the form of cartoon fox or in the hilarious Mel Brooks movie, that I grabbed up the book and began reading it at once. And I've loved it.

Of course, the book was different in many respects from all of the modern film and TV adaptations. And I have to say, I like the book version better, no surprise
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Jaguar
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood is a classic that everyone should read no matter the age! This book contains the old English language, and it wouldn't be the same without it! The old English language really makes this book all the better! I would highly recommend this book to anyone as a classic that is a must read!

*I listened to the audio of this book and it was fabulous. I would highly recommend it! Here is the info:
BrillianceAudio (2013) on Compact Disc [Unabridged]: The Merry Adventures
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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
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
Jessica Baumgartner
I've always wanted to read the tales of Robin Hood after growing up with so many movies about him. Come to find that the Hollywood version of Robin Hood is not really Robin hood but Ivanhoe, these tales are much more about cunning and fun tricks pulled off by a band of young rebels who occasionally help others like themselves. Maid Marion is only mentioned in the past tense, and spoiler alert, they do NOT live happily ever after. I actually sympathize with the Sheriff of Nottingham, he starts ou ...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
Leah
I was a bit surprised to find that I enjoyed this book so much! But it really paints a picture of fairness and generosity that is hard to find in this world. I also enjoyed that the writer was gifted enough to follow the character all the way through the breaking up of his band and eventually his death, all while maintaining the integrity of his heroism... Truly an art lost in modern times. It seems that in our day, stories end in the lime light and we like to think of our heroes as invincible t ...more
Makayla Coffey
This classical tale has been formatted to better fit a child's reading level. The story of Robin Hood is set back in the days of King Richard the Lionheart. It follows the life of one of his bow men who has a heart for the people of England. The people are being oppressed by King Richard's evil brother, John, who rules in his stead. Robin Hood's motto is he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Him and his merry men are always on the run from the Sheriff of Nottingham. Rich with adventure, ...more
Sharon Thompson
Read to my boys when they were in 2nd grade. At first I attempted to modernize the language but ultimately read it word for word. By far one of the favorite books we have read. Stopping on occasion to talk about new words or discuss the situation was just fine. Tough to get through the tear jerker ending without sobbing. If I had been reading it on my own it may not have had the same effect. I wish someone could make a really good Robin Hood movie that followed this plot and was appropriate for ...more
Melinda
I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Howard Pyle's story telling flows wonderfully, like listening to a grandfather retelling the tales. All the characters are unique in their own way...their language is humorous! I found it odd that Maid Marian is never mentioned making it so different from the movies about Robin Hood. I had also never heard the ending; sad, but a valiant ending. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood may be a "children's book," but I think anyone who reads this, regardless of ...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.
Beth
At first I found this to be a frolicking good adventure. However, before too long I got tired of seeing such words as stout, yeoman, lusty, pate, and quoth, I discovered that the stories were repetitive, and I also thought that Robin Hood and his merry men were little different from a group of hot headed, impulsive teenagers. Though Robin does rob from just the rich and defend the poor (or at least, some of them), he seems to be little bothered by the crime that he committed (murdering someone), ...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.
Jenny T
A rollicking good time with Robin Hood and his Merry Men, as written in 1883 by Howard Pyle. Pyle combines a number of the stories told in old ballads, adding his own flavor of Olde Englishe Speake (yea verily, forsooth!)

Based on Pyle's interpretation, Robin Hood and his friends' favorite pastimes included: drinking ale, beating each other up, archery competitions, drinking beer, flirting, engaging unsuspecting passers-by in fights (said passers-by later invited to dine with and subsequently jo
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