Robin Hood is perhaps the greatest of all British folk heroes. Henry Gilbert’s book assembles all the disparate elements of the legend into an elegiac and detailed version of Robin’s life and adventures. The book re-conceives all the familiar set-pieces of the story that gives to the whole the grandeur of an epic.
Robin Hood is a dashing romantic hero, an enemy of injustice and a friend to the downtrodden and he emerges from the text as a vivid and fully rounded individual. All the regular characters are here, too, including Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet and Maid Marian. And of course the villainous Guy of Gisborne and the Sherriff of Nottingham play their usual dastardly roles in the drama.
Gilbert’s tale begins with an account of why Robin becomes an outlaw and then how he assembles a group of supporters, a band of dispossessed men, sick to death of oppression by the ruling class, who choose a life under Robin Hood in preference to their brutal former existences. While the tale is essentially a merry romp, it also paints a vivid picture of the times, the cruelty, the poverty and the fragility of human life. The novel is a wonderful, engaging realisation of the saga of Robin Hood.
Author: Henry Gilbert
Publisher: Henry Gilbert
No. Of Pages: 288
Country of Origin: India