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Why couldn't Hollywood have done this as a movie!,
This review is from: Locksley (Paperback)
I first bought this book back in the 80's looking for something to read whilst I had a coffee and indulged in some people watching. Needless to say the only thing I indulged in was losing myself in a very plausible story about Robert of Locksley. The story is told from the POV of Robin himself as a memoire in his old age. It starts in the crusades and we are launched into intrigue straight away, with young Robin being required to save his king whilst acting as body guard to his future queen. It goes through Robin's return to England and his fight against the injustices meted out on the peasants by their Norman overlords, the forming of the "Merry Men" and how they safe guard the ransom against theft so that King Richard can be released. But this book is so much more. It doesn't just stop at the return of Richard to England, it moves on showing how Robin's life is intertwined with John Lackland and his Mother Eleanor of Aquitain. Chase paints a wonderful picture of life on the crusades, in Sherwood Forest (the gong farmers are particulary good!), the court of the time and London and its taverns and stews. It is colourful and I could see what he was talking about in my mind. Like the myth this tale is populated with characters that we know and love and ones that are created for the story, who we come to care for and about. There is a nice twist to the Marion/Robin/Little John angle.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Robin Hood myths and to anyone who likes a bloody good romp in history. Sadly I have never seen anything else by this author, which is a shame. If it is an indication of how much I enjoy this book the pages are discoloured with use and wearing thin and the cover has to be treated with loving care everytime I read it. Guys don't be put off that a girly has written this review - every guy I have lent it too has enjoyed it.