Robin Hood Author:Louis Rhead Few figures have captured our collective imaginations with as bold and sure a grasp as the noble outlaw Robin Hood. As is often the case with legendary figures, the power of Robin Hood's image is in marked contrast to the tiny amount of historical information available about him. We know that he figures in ballads dating back to the beginning of... more » the fifteenth century, and that he is referred to in records from the early thirteenth century, but the exact years and circumstances of his life are a matter of much debate.
This retelling of the adventures of Robin Hood, completed by Louis Rhead in 1912, relies both on the ballads and on sources that place Robin's birth, under the name of Robert Fitz-Ooth, in the late twelfth century. As no ballad describes the events that led to Robin's exile in Sherwood Forest, the first three chapters of this edition consist of original matter. The remaining adventures in the book are drawn entirely from the ballads.
From Robin's first run-in with the Sheriff of Nottingham's men to his famous encounter with John Little on a narrow footbridge; from Robin's wily efforts to deprive a loquacious tinker of a warrant for his arrest to the moment when he draws his longbow for the final time, Robin's engaging adventures, charged by Louis Rhead's fresh prose, come brilliantly to life.« less