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The Adventures of Robin Hood (Puffin Classics) Hardcover – September 30, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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 really wanted to love this book. I've always liked the character of Robin Hood, but this wasn't my favorite retelling. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emma Davis
Very happy with the layout of this book and the drawings every few pages. I was happy to purchase the unabridged version with pictures!! Read morePublished 7 months ago by njshopper1234
I was drawn to the cover design. Great classic addition to a library.Published 7 months ago by Krista