Tales of Robin Hood
London: Usborne Publishing, Ltd., 1995 (Library of Fantasy and Adventure Series) PB, 96 pages
Illustrated by Ron Tiner
Fast-moving retelling of the legend, with Maid Marian presented as having a tough, take-charge personality.
Dover Publications, 1994 (Dover Children's Thrift Classics)
Illustrated by Thea Kliros
General brief collection of the traditional stories. Includes Marian as daughter of Sir Richard, the Sorrowful Knight. The stories end abruptly with the last chapter being Robin Hood and the Beggar.
Robin Hood Book
London, G. Newnes; 1930; (Hohn o' London's Children's Library); 126 pages
London, Latimer House; 1949; 96 pages; Illustrated by Joyce Johnson
Collier Macmillan, 1981; Illustrated by Edward Mortelmans (Oversized picturecover hardcover)
Element; 1998; 120 pages
Illustrated by Debbie Ryder
A retelling of several of the more popular stories. Reprinted several times.
Bold Robin and His Forest Rangers
N.Y. E.P. Dutton and Co. 1905; 200 pages
Illustrated by F.I. Bennett
A retelling of some traditional stories, with some fresh originality setting it apart from other Robin Hood books published in the early 20th century. Includes a chapter that claims to be the origin of the phrase "round Robin Hood's barn." Some of the chapters were serialized in "St. Nicholas", a popular children's magazine of the late 19th - early 20th century.
Elinor M. Buckingham
(The Tale of) Robin Hood & His Merry Men (A New and Original Setting)
David McKay, Philadelphia, 1905 (McKay's Young Peoples's Classics); 212 pages
Illustrated by ? (No credit given for B&W illustrations)
Uses most of the original ballads, with an interesting variation on the legend of Will Scarlet: the author makes use of another outlaw ballad unrelated to Robin Hood, that of Gamelyn. It is Gamelyn, a relative of Robin's, who is forced to flee into Sherwood and joins Robin's band as Will Scarlet, later to have an adventure through which he regains his lands and becomes Gamelyn once again. The final chapter on the death of Robin Hood makes use of "Lytle Geste" and has Robin encountering an old woman muttering curses and other women weeping for Robin's fate as he heads for Kirklees. The last chapter also includes an appearance of Roger of Doncaster, whom Robin slays just before he dies.
Maid Marian is mentioned nowhere in the story.
Robin Hood and His Merrie Men
London: Purnell, 1976, (A Purnell De Luxe Classic); 178 pages
Illustrated by Derick Bown
Paul A. Castleton
- also published as: Greenwood Tales
Scotland: Geddes & Grosset Ltd.; London: Bloomsbury Books, 1994, pb, 159 pages
A collected retelling of the adventures of Robin Hood, his friends, and Marian. Some of the plotline appears to have been inspired by the Paul Creswick version. This version presents Will Scarlet and Will Gamwell as two separate characters.
Son Of Robin Hood; A Sequel To The Thrilling Adventures Of Robin Hood
New York, Cupples & Leon Co., 1941, 210 pages
Illustrated by C. Richard Schaare
Merion, son of Robin Hood, leaves his comfortable home with mother Marian to join his outlawed father in Sherwood. There, the youth makes friends, has adventures, and learns the skills that he hopes will gain him service under the King -- and ask for his father's pardon. Written in a pseudo-archaic style, possibly to imitate the prose of Howard Pyle.
Donald E. Cooke
The Silver Horn of Robin Hood
John C. Winston Co., 1956; 323 pages
Illustrated by Donald E. Cooke
A well-told adaptation that perhaps has some storytelling inspiration from the Paul Creswick version. The Sheriff's daughter once again makes her debut as a foil for Robin Hood -- this time while she makes eyes at Sir Guy. The characters are well-defined and play their traditional parts with a fresh interpretation.
Donald E. Cooke
Men of Sherwood
New York Holt, Rinehart & Winston; 1961; 214 pages
Illustrated by Peter Burchard
An original story: after Robin's death, a distant young cousin of the slain Robin steps in as leader of the outlaw band.
Philadelphia: David McKay, 1917 (many reprints)
Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
One of the most popular publications about Robin Hood, partially due to the famous illustrations by N. C. Wyeth, the originals of which hang in the Children's department of the New York Public Library. This version has been reprinted many times, so a high-quality copies should not be hard to find. Oddly, some early reprints, such as one by Goldsmith Publishing Co, have been attributed to author Henry Gilbert, who wrote an entirely different version.
Paul Creswick's story is rich in character detail, giving extensive accounts of Robin's youth and the events that led to his being outlawed. Will Scarlet, rather than being a younger relative, is portrayed as an older, seasoned cousin, with his own agenda and exploits. Will Stutely is featured as Robin's closest friend and confidant. The Sheriff's daughter adds her part to the rogues gallery by aiding her father in trying to capture Robin Hood.
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Robin Hood, Prince of Outlaws
Dell Publishing, 1965; 265 pages; Translation by Lowell Bair
The writer famous for such swashbuckling tales as "The Three Musketeers" wrote two novels
based on the English hero Robin Hood. The first covers Robin's early years as he and his
friends -- Little John, Will Scarlet, Marian and her brother Allan -- battle their enemies as events lead up to the band taking permanent residence in Sherwood Forest. An exciting tale, though this edition seems to have lost some of the writing style through translation.
Other earlier translations may exist, titled Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves.
Ula Waterhouse Echols
Chicago: Albert Whitman, 1932; 128 pages
Illustrated by James McCracken
A collection of the more popular ballads, similiar in content to Howard Pyle's. Art Nouveau-style illustrations.
The Legend of Robin Hood
Milano: Dami Editore, 1994; Barnes & Noble, 1997; 93 pages
Illustrated by Piero Cattaneo
English translation, adaptation and layout by Dami Editore.
Marvelously illustrated picture book of the adventures of Robin Hood, with an original flair and exciting storytelling.
The Story of Robin Hood and His Merry Men
London: A. and C. Black, 1909, 1917; 274 pages (several reprints)
Illustrated by Allan Stewart; 8 full page illustrations in color.
A retelling of the more familiar ballads, with some storytelling similarities to the Louis Rhead edition. Quotes from the ballads are sometimes used as dialogue.
- Reprinted as: Robin Hood
John C. Winston Co; , 1923, 278 pages (many reprints)
"Made especially for the J. G. Ferguson Publishing Company"
Illustrated by Edwin John Prittie; Introduction by George Cockburn Harvey
No author is given for this reprinting, but the writing is identical, except for where Finnemore occasionally used quotes from the ballads, this edition leaves out the quotes and paraphrases the dialogue.
Heirloom Books, 1955
Granada Publishing Limited, Dragon Books, (PB) 1973; 188 pages
Illustrated by Rebecca Fraser
Original retelling; fresh, humorous, and exciting, with villainess Black Barbara having designs on Robin. Will Scarlet, Robin's equally brave cousin, has a major part in the story as Robin's sidekick and confidante. Maid Marian is an innocent ward of the court who falls in love with the handsome, kind outlaw, and must draw on all her resources to avoid marrying the evil knight, Oswald Montdragon, and rescue Robin from the dungeons. Set during the reign of Prince John, with the usual return of King Richard.
The Saalfield Publishing Co., (Every Child's Library) (original publishing date 1913); 252 pages
Illustrator: Frances Brundage
Also published as: Robin Hood and the Men of the Greenwood with no author credits
Goldsmith Pub. Chicago (circa 1950?) (Red Star Classics) HB; 252 pages
Another oft-reprinted retelling of the Robin Hood story. This version has been reprinted, reillustrated, and republished many times, later editions dropping any author credits. Oddly, several editions of the Paul Creswick version have been printed with Henry Gilbert given as the author.
This retelling is set, traditionally, during the absence of King Richard. Robin Hood is a Saxon landowner who is outlawed after his Norman enemies plot against him. The story has quite a stable of villians, including the infamous Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and Roger of Doncaster, who are headquartered at the sinister fortress, Evil Hold. Unique to the story are two characters, Ket and Hob, people of such short stature that they are often mistaken for "fairie folk". Ket and Hob had previously been befriended by Robin and are indispensable allies when he is outlawed. Marian, Robin's lady love, flees to join him in the forest after he is outlawed.
Major Charles Gilson
Robin of Sherwood
William Collins Sons & Co., Ltd., 1960; 256 pages
Illustrated by A.L. Bushell
An original version with Maid Marian as Robin's sister and Alan-a-dale's sweetheart. Set during the reign of Prince John and Richard I. The Norman baron Robert Braisse-Neuve plays the archvillian of the book, along with the Sheriff and Prince John. Lady Beatrice, daughter of the baron, becomes best friend to Marian and enamoured with the reputation of Robin.
Roger Lancelyn Green
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Puffin Classics, 1956 (many reprints)
Ilustrated by Author Hall
This version seeks to incorporate nearly every storytelling variation on the legend of Robin Hood. Included in the tale is the elopement of Robin's parents, Marian being disguised as "Clorinda, Queen of Shepherdesses", King John's evil plot to seal Robin in a tower forever, and even Robin teaming up with a certain Black Knight to aid Wilfred of Ivanhoe.
Rand McNally & Co., 1928, 626 pages, (The Windermere Series)
Illustrated by Dan Content
An extensive Victorian-era retelling, unique in that Robin is presented as a fatherly older man, his devotion wholly to the Virgin Mary. Maid Marian is a child who hero-worships the already established outlaw of Sherwood. Robin's younger cousin Will Scarlet supplies the romantic interest with Maid Marian as she grows to womanhood. The authoress notes that she wished to present a more realistic, socially concerned Robin Hood instead of the jaunty dandy who tripped gaily through Sherwood with Marian.
Rosemary Kingston (Mary Harriet McGovern)
Robin Hood and his Merry Men
Racine, WI: Whitman Publishing Co., 1917, 125 pages
Illustrated by Alice Carsey
A traditional retelling of the more popular stories, sans Marian.
The Robin Hood Stories
Webster Publishing Co., (PB) 1952, 153 pages
Illustrated by James Cummins
Simpler retelling of the Howard Pyle version.
S. C. Johnson
Robin Hood & His Merry Foresters
London: W. Foulsham & Co., Ltd., Published circa 1940's; 126 pages
The ballads of Robin Hood are woven into an exciting tale. Similiar in storytelling details to the
Carruth version ("Greenwood Tales"), with Will Scarlet and Will Gamwell being separate
Marion Florence Lansing
Life in the Greenwood -- Robin Hood Tales
The Athenaum Press, Ginn and Company, Boston, 1909 (The Open Road Library of Juvenile Literature); 180 pages
Illustrated by Charles Copeland
Traditional collection of the old ballads. The ballad of the King in Sherwood is presented midway through the book, rather than towards the end, as is traditional. The book takes a sidetrack from telling Robin Hood tales to relate the adventures of Adam Bell, Clim of the Clough, and William of Cloudesly. The final chapter, Robin Hood's Death, is one of the few versions to relate how Robin encountered old women who mumbled prophecy at a bridge on the trail to Kirksley Hall -- a bit of legend revealed in a fragment of manuscript of the original "Little Geste of Robin Hood".
The Story of Robin Hood
Kingfisher, 1994; 95 pages
Illustrated by Barbara Lofthouse
A lavishly illustrated adaptation of the Robin Hood legend, with some original interpretations added to the telling. Some inspiration was taken from the characters being used in the old May Day celebrations, and in this version, Robin meets Marian when she is selected as "Queen of the May."
Arthur Malcolm (Henry Mead Williams)
Robin Hood and His Merry Men
New York : Arcadia House, 1950; 240 pages
New York, J.H. Sears & Co.; 1927; 240 pages
A well-told collection of the traditional stories; Robin is the son of an outcast forester, Hugh Fizooth, and Marian is the daughter of a nobleman, Fitzwalter. Most of the story happens during the reigh of King Henry, and concludes in much the same fashion as the Creswick and McSpadden versions.
Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest
NY. Crowell. 1968; 164 pages
Illustrated by Arnold Spilka
Standard retelling of the more well-known stories of Robin's adventures.
The Outlaws of Sherwood
Greenwillow/Ace, 1988; 278 pages
An original retelling with Robin a non-idealistic survivor, Marian as a modern-minded lady, and youthful outlaw "Cecil" as a young girl incognito who falls in love with Little John. In fact, Marian and Cecil pull off most of the main heroics while Robin rarely gets involved in the action unless he has to.
J. Walker McSpadden
Robin Hood (and His Merry Outlaws)
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1904
A current and beautiful edition has been published in recent years, illustrated by Greg Hildebrant (The Unicorn Publishing House, 1989; ISBN: 0881010936)
Another popular adaptation of the legend, reprinted and reillustrated several times. (This story also suffers from author-swapping in some reprints, as some copies of McSpadden's tale have been atributed to Howard Pyle.)
This story makes use of many of the more popular ballads, though it shares several storytelling details similiar to the Paul Creswick version. One scene in particular has Robin rescuing Marian from a charging stag -- the scene is also in the Creswick version, but it is Will Scarlet rescuing the Princess of Aragon, with near-identical dialogue and action.
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The Star and The Sword
Jewish Publication Society of America, 1965, 1995; 140 pages
A well-told adventure of two Jewish children of 12th-century England. When their Jewish
community is massacred by barons given a free hand by Prince John, Benedict and Elvira begin
their journey to find safety with relatives, planning to keep their true heritage secret from anyone they meet. Along the way, they fall in with the famed, but kind outlaw Robin Hood. At his behest, the children find themselves part of a plan to safely deliver King Richard's ransom, posing as children of a disguised Crusader, Sir Edward. Throughout their adventures, the outlaws, the children, and Sir Edward all learn from each other priceless lessons in friendship and tolerence.
Robin Hood, His Life and Legend
Checkerboard Press, 1979; 125 pages
Illustrated by Victor G. Ambrus
Nice modern retelling in a cohesive story; Robin is more realistic and sympathetic character instead of the Victorian-molded hero. Makes good reading for a children's book.
Young Marian's Adventures in Sherwood Forest
Simon & Schuster; Meadowbrook Press; 1997; 143 pages
Clever and courageous, a preteen Maid Marian is the heroine of this story, as she and her young friend Robin of Locksley outwit and antagonize the foul Sheriff of Nottingham.
Robin of Sherwood
Breat Britain: Pavilion Books Limited; Harcourt Brace, 1996; 113 pages
Illustrated by Michael Foreman
A lively original reworking of the ballads. Youthful Robin flees into the forest and joins the Outcasts, one of whom is the young, white-haired Marian.
Robin Hood, the Prince of Outlaws
London. J. M. Dent & Sons, New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc.; 1939; 242 pages
Illustrated by S. Van Abbe
Another Victorian-style retelling, one that places Robin Hood in the era of King Edward II. Inspired by "Lytell Geste", the author has added a successfully original bent to the storytelling. The delightful chapter of "Rose the Red and Lily White" tells of two maids disguised as lads who seek to join the outlaw band. They have second thoughts when Robin, seeing through their ploy, mischieviously welcomes them and sets them up for competitions of staff, swords, archery, wrestling -- and diving and swimming with the whole company! Black and white and color illustrations present worthy portraitures of the characters.
Robert O. Patterson
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
New Jersey: Book Sales, Inc.; Castle Books, 1980, 72 pages
Illustrated by Howard Pyle
A retelling of the Robin Hood ballads, loosely based on the Howard Pyle version, with Prince John worked in as the villian in the final chapters. Maid Marian, as ward of the Sheriff, makes a few brief appearances. The illustrations are in color, having tinted the original B&W woodcuts by Howard Pyle.
The Story of Robin Hood
Dorling Kindersley, Ltd.; DK Publishing, New York; 1997; (Eyewitness Classics); 64 pages
Illustrated by Nick Harris
An brief but well-told account of the adventures of Robin Hood. Good reference for historical research, as well, as this book includes photos, illustrations, and footnotes throughout that depict life in the Middle Ages.
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Originally Published in 1883, with B&W woodcut-style illustrations by Howard Pyle
This is perhaps the most well-known telling of Robin Hood. Howard Pyle's version has been reprinted, abridged, and reillustrated countless times. The author's name is so closely connected to the Robin Hood story that his name has been used on editions by other authors that bear no resemblance whatsoever to the original.
Howard Pyle has collected the most famous ballads of Robin Hood and retold them in a poetic style that still gives excellent interpretations of the characters in spite of the flowery writing. The progression of the tales manage some form of continuity. Oddly, in spite of the comprehensive collection of tales, Marian never appears -- to be mentioned only briefly, once or twice, as a pleasant memory that crosses Robin's mind in reflective moments.
- Howard Pyle's woodcut illustrations have been collected online at The Robin Hood Project.
- A particularly marvelous reprinting was illustrated by Benvenuti (Golden Press, 1962 [Golden Illustrated Classics]). This is a complete and unabridged version, including all the songs and poetry shared by the outlaws. The illustrations are reminincent of Renaissance paintings, giving the book a lavish overall feel of an illuminated manuscript.
- If you would like to read the complete manuscript, go to this page at The Gutenberg Project.
Robin Hood (Bold Robin Hood and His Outlaw Band; Their Famous Exploits in Sherwood Forest)
Harper & Brothers, 1912; 286 pages (several reprints)
Illustrated by Louis Rhead
A collection of the more popular ballads of Robin Hood, depicting Robin Hood as the youthful Earl of Huntingdon, outlawed for slaying a deer. Marvelously detailed engraving-style illustrations of characters and scenes.
If you would like to see the author's marvelous illustrations, check out The Robin Hood Project.
Online text of this classic is available here.
Rowan Hood; Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest
Philomel Books: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers; 2001; 170 pages
Her mother slain, 13-year-old Rowan flees to Sherwood Forest, seeking answers to her heritage by finding the outlaw Robin Hood.
Sara Hawks Sterling
Robin Hood and His Merry Men
Publisher: Grosset and Dunlap/George W. Jacobs & Co., 1921; 370 pages
Illustrated by Rowland Wheelwright
Another traditional collection of the more familiar Robin Hood stories, and a few not-so-familiar, such as the tale of Robin Hood and Gambol Gold, and the elopement of Robin's parents.
A later edition was published as a tie-in with the popular 1938 Errol Flynn movie, with cover and pictorial insert from the film.
Robin Hood's Arrow
Chicago: Follett Publishing Co., 1948
Illustrated by Rafaello Busoni
The adventures of Robin Hood are told through the eyes of a small boy named Dickon.
Fresh News from Sherwood
New York: Barnes, 1961
Illustrated by William Stobbs
Working from the concept that the ballads of Robin Hood were written well after the actual time period, the author adds to the legend by writing new ballads he believes may have happened. Lively writing and storytelling.
The Chronicles of Robin Hood
Oxford University Press, 1950
Illustrated by C. Walter Hodges
An excellent retelling, with traditional plot elements similar to the Frank Gilbert version. Robin of Locksley, a yeoman landowner, flees to Sherwood with his faithful employees after his enemies plot against him and seize his land. Marian, Robin's betrothed, flees a dreaded marriage to Roger of Doncaster and marries Robin in the forest. This adaptation brings new life to the familiar characters and adventures. Highly recommended.
Eva March Tappan
Robin Hood, His Book
Boston: Little, Brown, 1905. (1931) 267 pages
Illustrated by Charlotte Harding
A collection of the most popular ballads.
The Adventures of Robin Hood
"by Howard Pyle, retold by Mark Talyor"
Landoll, Inc., Ashland, OH, 1995; 248 pages
Though the book is credited to Howard Pyle and "retold by Mark Taylor," there is nothing in this adaptation remotely similiar to the Howard Pyle version. Rather, this story is a simplified and streamlined retelling of the Paul Creswick version.
Frederick Colin Tilney
Robin Hood and His Merry Outlaws
London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd.; New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1913; 1953; 128 pages
(from the book series Tales for Children From Many Lands)
Illustrated by Ione Railton
A straightforward retelling of the more popular ballads of Robin Hood.
Bows against the Barons
Leicester: Brockhampton 1966 (1934)
The adventures of a young peasant boy who is outlawed and joins Robin's famous band of outlaws.
Julia MacRae Books, 1993; Orchard Books, 1995; Yearling Books; 1997; 170-176 pages
The story of Marian, who flees an unwanted marriage to Sherwood Forest and becomes apprentice to a wise healer woman. Highly original and unglamorized, with excellent character development as Marian grows from impulsive girl to responsible woman, making difficult decisions regarding her life in the forest and her relationship with the idealistic outlaw, Robin Hood.
Child of the May
New York : Orchard Books, 1998, 122 pages
Little John's daughter, fostered by Marian, comes of age and joins the outlaws in their battles against the plottings of King John and the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Evelyn Charles H. Vivian
London, Melbourne, Ward, Lock & Co. (1920's?) (many reprints)
Illustrated by Harry G. Theaker
Airmont Publishers, 1965 (PB) ISBN: 0804900671 (abridged) Illustrated by Jules Gotlieb
And, with no author or illustrator credits given:
Geddes and Grosset Ltd, David Dale House, New Lanark, Scotland, 1995
Longmeadow Press, Stamford, CT; 1996 HC "Stories Old and New"; 160 pages ISBN 0681215038
This adaptation has obviously had its heyday, noting the times it has been published. The latest editions do not give any author or illustrator credits.
A well told and original adaptation. Robin is a minor noble outlawed for slaying a King's deer and aiding oppressed peasants. Marian becomes his wife after being rescued from an arranged marriage to the villianous de Belame. Red Roger appears as an evil knight who fails in a hunt for Robin, and later aids in Robin's demise at Kirklees.
This version could well have provided some inspiration for "Robin of Sherwood: Robin and the Sorcerer." For example, the archvillian Baron de Belame seeks to force Marian's hand in marriage; Abbot Hugo and his brother the Sheriff are active as Robin's enemies; and one scene even has Sir Guy unimpressed by a "bewitched" sword pulled by a string.
Maude Radford Warren
Robin Hood and His Merry Men
Rand-McNally, 1914, 290 pages
Illustrated by Milo Winter
Robin Hood is presented as the outlawed Earl of Huntington. Although this is yet another retelling of the more popular ballads, this version offers a livlier and more original wording. Songs are included in the text, which may or may not be appropriate to the period. In "Suggestions to Teachers", the author discusses what she felt was necessary alterations to the characters and details of the legend to make the stories more appropriate to children, while keeping the fun and high adventure of the original tales. Detailed black-and-white drawings.
Rose Yeatman Woolf
Robin Hood and His Life in the Merry Greenwood
London, Paris, New York, R. Tuck & Sons; 1928; 256 pages
Magna Children's Classics. England: Magna Books, 1992, 106 pages.
Illustrated by Howard Davie
A well-told edition, presenting Robin Hood as the Earl of Huntingdon, outlawed after seeking to avenge his murdered father. Marian is Robin's estranged childhood sweetheart who joins him in the greenwood and marries him. The events take place during the absence of King Richard, and Robin's adventures conclude with his return. The book ends its final chapter with the death of Robin Hood. The ballads are well woven together, with very nice black and white illustrations, with a few color plates.
Sherwood: A Collection of Original Robin Hood Stories
Philomel Books; 2000, 144 pages
Illustrated by Dennis Nolan
A collection of short stories. A variety of accomplished authors add their personal embellishments to the legend of Robin Hood, some using inventive interpretations of the familiar characters, others focusing on new characters added to the Robin Hood universe.
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Bancroft Books, 1968; 1974; 120 pages
Author weaves together tales from the ballads and some original adventures for this attempt at a cohesive retelling. Includes the little-used tale of Marian and the witch (also mentioned in the Roger Lancelyn Green version.) Plot elements from the last chapters seem to have been inspired by the 1925 play "Sherwood" by Alfred Noyes, with Prince John sealing Robin in a tower. No author given; possibly an early retelling picked up by Bancroft books for their series of classic reprints.