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The Adventures of Robin Hood (Puffin Classics) Paperback – December 1, 1995

4.4 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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About the Author

Roger Lancelyn Green was born in 1918 and lived in Oxford and at his family home in Cheshire, which the Greens had owned for more than 900 years. He loved storytelling and was fascinated by traditional fairy tales, myths and legends from around the world. He was a professional actor, a librarian and a teacher. His retellings include Egyptian, Greek and Norse legends, plus a retelling of Robin Hood. He also wrote many books for adults, including a biography of his friend C. S. Lewis, creator of the The Chronicles of Narnia. Roger Lancelyn Green died in 1987.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1110L (What's this?)
  • Series: Puffin Classics
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140367004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140367003
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,129,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Who hasn't heard of Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest? In this book you meet them all - including the powerful Little John, courageous Will Scarlet, musical Allan a Dale, and sly Friar Tuck. Roger Lancelyn Green has researched the legends and ballads about Robin Hood, and this collection of Robin Hood tales rivals the authoritative collection by Howard Pyle which has been unequalled for more than 100 years. But Green corrects one notable omission in Pyle: the absence of Maid Marion. In addition to the ample adventures revolving around Maid Marion, all the old favorites are included - Little John and his quarter-staff toppling Robin into the water, Robin winning the golden arrow at Nottingham's archery contest, and the Sheriff being outsmarted in numerous attempts to capture Robin. But these are just the tip of the iceberg - this book is chock-full of entertaining merry adventures.
The medieval setting is portrayed beautifully, including the vast gulf between the upper and lower classes of society, the corruption and greed of the nobility, and the hypocrisy of the medieval Roman Catholic church where religion has degenerated to mere outward rituals. But the medieval setting is not presented without a social commentary - Green shows that the unbalanced social structure inevitably resulted in the oppression of the poor and weak. Robin Hood and his band are clearly Catholics, and they are motivated by a genuine love for God and for the King. It is left to Robin Hood and his men to take justice into their own hands, and fight nobly for the cause of the downtrodden. Such justice is accomplished in a questionable manner, because the notion of robbing the rich to help the poor implicitly endorses civil disobedience.
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Roger Lancelyn Green is nowhere near as famous as the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis, but during his lifetime he was counted among them as part of the Inklings Club, a group of writers at Oxford University who read and critiqued each other's work. From this club came The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia, but also Green's own work: retellings of Norse, Egyptian and Green myths, the legends of King Arthur, and this: a collection of folktales surrounding the renowned figure of Robin Hood.

As with King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, Green's claim to fame is being the first writer to not only collect the disparate stories and ballads of Robin Hood and organize them in a singular narrative, but to write them in such a way that they are accessible to children. Beginning with the courtship of Robin's parents, and ending with his death at the hands of a treacherous prioress, the story covers almost every possible aspect of the Robin Hood mythos: the adventure, the romance, the tragedy and the character's enduring legacy. Every Robin Hood adaptation that followed, whether book or film, probably owes a little to Green's compilation.

Unlike his quest to unite the King Arthur mythos into a structured novel (which was a near-impossible venture given the sheer amount of material), Green has an easier time in collecting sources for Robin Hood.
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The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green is a brilliant retelling of the Robin Hood tales. All of the stories are here. Robin's fight with Little John is related, as is the archery contest, Robin's love affair with Marion, and the wedding of Allan-a-Dale. All of the characters like Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, Little John, Maid Marion, and (guess what!) Robin Hood make their appearances. Overall, the tales are well told, and the book is very complete. My favorite portion of this edition is the prologue in which the author writes from where the stories are derived. There, I was turned to Thomas Love Peacock's brilliant, if forgotten, tales of Robin Hood entitled Maid Marian. This edition will help to keep the adventures of Robin Hood in the minds of children for another generation.
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It's in keeping with the book's hero that Roger Lancelyn Green is a bit of a thief. He plunders ballads, plays, novels and poems for this Robin Hood novel.
Thankfully, he steals from the best sources.
This kid's book is a pleasant, briskly-written version of the legend incorporating details from an astonishing variety of sources.
I'm also glad to see Marian get a large role in this book. She doesn't appear in the Howard Pyle novel at all.
You could do a lot worse than let this book be someone's first introduction to the legend of Robin Hood.
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I first read this book when I was 8 years old. Again at 10, again at 15, again at 20, and I just bought a new copy for my library from Amazon. There is no film, short of the John Irvin classic with Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman, that comes close to telling the tale. I've always had an affinity for this novel, and have shared it with many of my friends. Great for children, as well as grown up children. Just plain good reading.
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