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on 31 January 2014
This book uses old English and tells the story of Robin Hood in such a wonderful way, until I read this book Robin Hood was just a fictional character to me almost like a superhero but this book made him so real and all the characters too, the pictures are charming and it's a book that should take centre stage in any collection. Thoroughly enjoyable for teen readers.
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on 6 April 2017
Beautiful edition. Highly recommendable for every Robin Hood fan.
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on 31 March 2017
beautiful
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on 23 January 2018
very good
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on 20 December 2016
Bought as a present, I know they are going to love it! Very quick delivery and in perfect condition. What more can you ask for really? Definitely a great buy!
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on 29 March 2011
I found this book hard to get into. Once I did get into it though, I did find it to be an entertaining read.
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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. Howard Pyle offers what is probably the most complete and best collection of Robin Hood tales. 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. Even the language is somewhat antiquated, which initially seems tedious, but persevere because you will soon find that this an enjoyable and essential addition that heightens the heroic atmosphere of the story. But the medieval setting is not presented without a social commentary - Pyle shows that the unbalanced social structure inevitably resulted in the oppression of the poor and weak. 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. But the more important theme of seeking justice and maintaining truth and right is in itself a noble one. With Robin Hood, we find ourselves wanting justice, and being prepared to make unselfish sacrifices in order to achieve it. When justice is done, it is actually the greed and corruption of the nobility that has led to its own destruction and ruin.
But the real attractions of this gem are the enthralling exploits of Robin Hood and his band of merry men. Howard Pyle presents Sherwood Forest as a rather glamorous utopian world where feasting and song abound, where it is never winter, and where the ale rarely runs dry. Robin Hood clearly represents a form of hedonism, and in his company there is never a lack of action, adventure, or for that matter - ale. But it's not the beer that attracts us to Robin Hood, it's rather his bravado. There is no end to the accomplishments of muscles and mind, as he and his merry band outwit all comers by sheer physical skill in archery, wrestling, swordmanship, and quarter-staff combat, or by outsmarting them with deceit and disguise. To our delight, Robin's brawn and brains always come out on top at the end.
Howard Pyle's collection of Robin Hood's merry adventures is a classic that is constantly entertaining and exciting - one that you'll want to own and read over and over!
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on 19 August 2012
Bought this book on the kindle edition, well it was a free down load, and rightly so because it was so full of wingdings it was unreadable.
I don't know if it was typed up by a foreign reading person but the old English seemed to throw them off and the words were either misplaced or the wingdings were put in place so I gave up trying to read it.

If you think you can do better give it a go but seriously don't pay for this item in kindle format.
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