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Contents: The Birth and Death of Robin Hood / Robin Hood and the Fifteen Foresters / Robin Hood and Little John / Robin Hood and Clorinda, Queen of the Shepherds / Robin Hood and Will Scarlet / Robin Hood and Arthur-A-Bland, The Tanner / Robin Hood and Midge, The Miller / Robin Hood and Friar Tuck / Robin Hood and the Jolly Pinder of Wakefield / Robin Hood and the Beggar / Contents: The Birth and Death of Robin Hood / Robin Hood and the Fifteen Foresters / Robin Hood and Little John / Robin Hood and Clorinda, Queen of the Shepherds / Robin Hood and Will Scarlet / Robin Hood and Arthur-A-Bland, The Tanner / Robin Hood and Midge, The Miller / Robin Hood and Friar Tuck / Robin Hood and the Jolly Pinder of Wakefield / Robin Hood and the Beggar / Robin Hood and Alan-A-Dale / Robin Hood and the Bishop of Hereford / Robin Hood and the Maid Marian / Robin Hood and Sir Guy of Gisborne / Robin Hood and Queen Katherine / Robin Hood and King Richard / The Last Words and Death of Robin Hood.


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Contents: The Birth and Death of Robin Hood / Robin Hood and the Fifteen Foresters / Robin Hood and Little John / Robin Hood and Clorinda, Queen of the Shepherds / Robin Hood and Will Scarlet / Robin Hood and Arthur-A-Bland, The Tanner / Robin Hood and Midge, The Miller / Robin Hood and Friar Tuck / Robin Hood and the Jolly Pinder of Wakefield / Robin Hood and the Beggar / Contents: The Birth and Death of Robin Hood / Robin Hood and the Fifteen Foresters / Robin Hood and Little John / Robin Hood and Clorinda, Queen of the Shepherds / Robin Hood and Will Scarlet / Robin Hood and Arthur-A-Bland, The Tanner / Robin Hood and Midge, The Miller / Robin Hood and Friar Tuck / Robin Hood and the Jolly Pinder of Wakefield / Robin Hood and the Beggar / Robin Hood and Alan-A-Dale / Robin Hood and the Bishop of Hereford / Robin Hood and the Maid Marian / Robin Hood and Sir Guy of Gisborne / Robin Hood and Queen Katherine / Robin Hood and King Richard / The Last Words and Death of Robin Hood.

11 review for The Merry Ballads of Robin Hood

  1. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Described on the title page as "The whole story of that Robin Hood known as Earl of Huntington, and Locksley Hall in the days of King Henry II and Richard the Lion's Heart: first sung by minstrels, later set down in the ballad books of Percy, Ritson, and Evans," this collection of seventeen poems was written in the 1930s by a California university professor, together with her poet friend. Each poem is introduced by a brief remark from the "Chroniclers," usually indicating that they have created Described on the title page as "The whole story of that Robin Hood known as Earl of Huntington, and Locksley Hall in the days of King Henry II and Richard the Lion's Heart: first sung by minstrels, later set down in the ballad books of Percy, Ritson, and Evans," this collection of seventeen poems was written in the 1930s by a California university professor, together with her poet friend. Each poem is introduced by a brief remark from the "Chroniclers," usually indicating that they have created a paraphrased abbreviation of some longer work, presumably from the list of sources provided at the rear. The ten verse Robin Hood and the Beggar, for instance, is taken from a thirty-verse work. Unfortunately, Dietrick and Franz-Walsh never indicate which work is being paraphrased, so the reader (like me) whose Robin Hood reading has been almost exclusively in the prose department, will be at a loss to determine whether it be the ballad collection of Sargent and Kittredge, that of Francis James Childs, or perhaps the work of Thomas Evans. One of the poems - Robin Hood and Midge, The Miller - is taken from prose sources (so we are informed), but no specific reference is forthcoming. Leaving aside this issue of attribution, I cannot say that I particularly enjoyed Dietrick and Franz-Walsh's renditions, when judged upon their own merits, and am not surprised that their Robin Hood has slipped into obscurity. Opening with The Birth and Pedigree of Robin, and closing with The Last Words and Death of Robin Hood, this poem sequence covers many of the outlaw's famous encounters, with figures such as Little John, Will Scarlet, Friar Tuck, and Sir Guy of Gisborne. Maid Marian makes an appearance, and so too does Clorinda, Queen of the Shepherds, a romantic interest less known in these modern times. But none of the poems read very well, either silently or out loud, and given the fact that they are meant to be sung aloud (so we are told), this is quite disappointing. All in all, I would say that casual readers probably won't want to make any great effort to track this title down. If they happen upon it, as I did, then they might want to take a look. The block illustrations by Edna Reindel are quite appealing, after all, and it does concern that most magical of figures, Robin Hood. As for me? I think I need to track down some of the originals...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    I have a serious literary crush.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Frances Marshall

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Anne

  5. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Phister

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nastia Pelechova

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pinaco

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    Adam Ellis

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    Alexandra

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ohiwoe

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Barnhouse

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