Book Review- The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Every now and again, it is a good idea to turn an eye to the classic novels. The books that started it all. One such book is Robin Hood, by Howard Pyle. Technically titled ‘The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood’, it is a well known story, thanks to the Disney movie of the same name, Robin Hood’s story begins when he is a young man. He becomes outlawed because he shoots one of the King’s deer. What the Disney movie doesn’t mention is that the other reason the Sheriff of Nottingham is so anxious to capture him, is that, at the same time as when he killed the deer, Robin also killed a forester, who just happened to be kin to the sheriff of Nottingham. Robin lives in the forest and slowly gathers around him a group of men who have also been outlawed, most for frivolous reasons. Robin Hood and his band of merry men must outwit the sheriff time and time again as he tries to capture Robin.

The book, in its original format is quite interesting. The book, having been written in the early 1900’s, has a language that is not spoken today. Spotted with ‘thy’ and ‘wot’ it does take a little concentration, sometimes, to understand exactly what it is that the character is saying. For the most part, however, the book is an easy read, and one well worth the time.

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