Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

I recently read The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, written in 1883 by Howard Pyle. It is from his adaptation of old English ballads about the outlaw of Sherwood Forest that our modern idea of Robin Hood is derived. It is written in a contrived Old English. Although it sent me to my dictionary a few times, it wasn't too thick to dampen my enjoyment of the stories, each chapter standing alone as a story to itself, though connected to form a pleasant narrative of the adventures of the yeomen of Sherwood. Sadly, it ends in the death of Robin, who is bled to death by a treacherous nurse/nun. It is in the public domain, and thus available to read for free here.