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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

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He stole from the rich and gave to the poor, and in so doing became an undying symbol of virtue. But most important, Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men offer young readers more than enough adventure and thrills to keep them turning the pages. Who could resist the arrows flying, danger lurking, and medieval intrigue?
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by 1st World Library (first published 1883)
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Krishna Sampath I'd say probably yes, but check with your teacher if you can count it for a class requirement -- at the time of its writing, it was published as a…moreI'd say probably yes, but check with your teacher if you can count it for a class requirement -- at the time of its writing, it was published as a children's book.

That said, Pyle's writing style and language were deliberately archaic, to lend an appropriate tone of these tales, which are set in the Middle Ages, so there are many turns of phrase and words that require modern readers like us to look up and learn a bunch of new vocabulary words!

At least one other high schooler used it for her reading requiremnts: (

It's a fun read, and is one of the primary influences on many later Robin Hood retellings, in its recasting of Robin as a heroic outlaw, rather than as a straight-up outlaw.
George Robin Hood appears in "The Sword and the Stone" by White, written in modern English, but young Arthur, later king, is the central character.
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Aug 06, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
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 ...more
May 05, 2009 Rob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young, fiction, folklore
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
Diamond Cowboy
Jan 21, 2016 Diamond Cowboy rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful reread from my childhood. A wonderful romp through the Sherwood forest with Robin and his merry men. A tale of good and evil stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.
I recommend to all.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
PS It makes it a lot more fun if you read it aloud to a child.
Liz Janet
Jan 27, 2016 Liz Janet rated it really liked it
I did a review for the BBC series, it is not as historically accurate as I would like, but I love it nonetheless.

Robin Hood: He Shot An Arrow Through My Heart
Steve Hemmeke
Jul 11, 2012 Steve Hemmeke rated it really liked it
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
Dave Skaff
Feb 26, 2011 Dave Skaff rated it really liked it
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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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 ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jun 02, 2016 Salem rated it liked it

نعم...نعم...هذه الرواية تحكي عن مغامرات روبين هود الشهيرة
ذلك الرجل الذي يسرق من الأغنياء والمترفين ليساعد الفقراء والمعدمين
روبن هود من أقدم الشخصيات البطولية-السوبرهيرو- العالقة في ذاكرتي
منذ الطفولة...ذلك أنني شاهدت مسلسل كارتوني يحكي عن هذه الشخصية
واستمتعت به أيما متعة...على خلاف المعتاد حيث لم أكن من محبي
أفلام الكرتون في صغري
ويبقى السؤال الذي تطرحه هذه الرواية شائكا
هل يجوز لنا عمل شيء سيء لتحقيق هدف سامي...وهل الغايات النبيلة تبرر استخدام الوسائل الدنيئة؟؟؟

Jan 08, 2010 Holly rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 04, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Krista Baetiong Tungol
Howard Pyle gave an interesting glimpse into the escapades of the lighthearted Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, and with so many adaptations about this infamous folklore—both in print and film/TV—I must say that this version was entertaining enough. If there is only one thing that challenged me throughout the read, it is the archaic wording.

On another note, it took me forever to finish this book because I was watching the BBC TV adaptation of Robin Hood (starring Jonas Armstrong) the same t
Jan 08, 2014 Nile rated it it was amazing
One of my most favorite book of all time.......
Mar 25, 2009 Maurean rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jan 31, 2010 Kollen rated it it was amazing
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
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, ...more
Mrs. C.
Jun 29, 2011 Mrs. C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 01, 2010 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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 ...more
Sharon Thompson
Mar 30, 2014 Sharon Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-boys
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
Ken Davis
Jun 02, 2016 Ken Davis rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-completed
A merry adventure to be sure. There is something about Robin Hood that reminds me a bit of The Godfather; perhaps it is the unswerving loyalty of his men, or the way that he manages to help powerful people who owe him debts of honor, but either way, this adventure does not disappoint.
Wisdom Zelda
Jun 05, 2016 Wisdom Zelda rated it it was amazing
Awesome & Authentic

I discovered this book in a library in Milan, Italy. After reading the prologue, I fell in love with it, and I received it later for Christmas. The story of the young outlaw was totally captivating. The Adventures of Robin Hood (by Howard Pyle) was humorous, full of dares, and, well, a great read.

You would think that Robin Hood would be constantly hiding from the Sheriff, but no instead, Robin Hood was always very "polite." In fact, he oftentimes invited the Sheriff to din
Jul 03, 2015 Alan rated it did not like it
I was under the impression that Pyle's work was the definitve version of Robin's tales. I do not lay claim to being a Robin Hood scholar, though I've read some article about the "real" Robin Hood and his various portrayls in modern media, this book was a disappointment.

The various tales are not linked together well. Frankly, Robin comes off not as a swashbuckler, or much of a heroic figure at all. His competency as both a thief, adventurer, and leader should really have been called into question
Ashley Stangl
Jan 04, 2016 Ashley Stangl rated it it was ok
There's a reason I've been reading this book since August. The Robin Hood stories are fun and all, but the style of this book is so flowery and overwrought that it's a slog to read. Once I got into the rhythm of the style, it was better--cute stories, fun banter--but I still had trouble with parts of the book. I sympathized with the Sheriff (he's just doing his job!) and didn't like the way "good" characters were admired for qualities that, in the "bad" characters, were used as proof of how evil ...more
Kelsey Hanson
Dec 11, 2015 Kelsey Hanson rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, fiction
The stories of Robin Hood have been around forever and generally I like them. There is a certain amount of adventure and idealism that you can't help but admire. I will say that this rendition was not my favorite. Some well-known characters are barely mentioned in this rendition (like Maid Marion for example, she's pretty much a footnote). It was still enjoyable but there are more enjoyable Robin Hood stories out there.
Feb 20, 2013 Hallie rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 30, 2009 James rated it really liked it
Listened to the podcast from 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", nor Richard Greene's television programme, "The Adventures of Robin Hood", told the whole story. Now I know.
Dec 04, 2015 Natalie rated it it was ok
I could hardly get through this book. It was awful. I really like the story of Robin Hood but this book was a bit repetitive. I got tired of hearing the word quoth and thy. The only thing that stopped me from giving this book 1 star is I found a chapter really intriguing. Otherwise I was zoning out through the rest of the book.
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.
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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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