In a time when laws were unfair and the poor were left to starve, Robin Hood was a friend to those in need. Ann McGovern¹s retelling of this classic tale transports young readers to an era of adventure and heroism.
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I've always loved adventure stories -- writing and reading them. When a friend told me about the adventures of Robin Hood he especially liked, I did some research. What I found was that there weren't any books children of 4th and 5th grade could read themselves. I kept my book adventurous and easy to understand. I used some of the Old English style of writing. Children and their teachers wrote me saying that my book was the best they had read about Robin Hood and his adventures. Ann McGovern, authorExcerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
From Chapter 10: Robin explained the rules of their sport.
"Each man shoots three arrows. If any man misses any of his arrows, then he shall receive a buffet from the mighty hand of Friar Tuck."
First to shoot was Midge the Miller's son, and all three of his arrows shot straight through. Then came Little John and after him Will Stutely, and both men shot full fair, to the resounding cheers of the friar and his men. Then up came Allan-a-Dale and - alack! -- one of his arrows missed the mark by a hair.
A buffet! A buffet! Roared the men and the tall friar marveled at the good grace of all.
The Allan-a-Dale stood before Friar Tuck and said, "Strike away, Tuck, but remember how ye love my singing. Save my voice, at least."
Friar Tuck rolled up his sleeve to expose an arm bulging with might and main. He swung and , WHACK, struck Allan's head with the palm of his hand. Down went Allan-a-Dale, arolling and asprawling on the ground, and it was many a minute before he could sit up straight.
The outlaw band roared with laughter, and the friar laughed so hard that tears fell from his eyes. Then the rest of the band shot in turn, and while most escaped the buffeting, some felt the force of Friar Tuck's hand.
"I see that thy men have all the skill that is sung in ballads," said the tall stranger. "It only remains for thee to shoot." Robin took his place, and all were still as he shot his first arrow and then his next, which lodged on the mark, no more than a fraction of an inch from the first.
Then Robin fit his third arrow to his bow, and lo! It was badly feathered and missed the mark by an inch!
Never before had the men seen their master miss a mark, and loud was their laughter. But Robin was vexed and said, "Give me five more arrows and I will shoot each one without fault. That arrow had a crooked feather, and 'tis not fair to give me the buf feting."
"Aye, but it was thee who made the rules," said the tall friar, and all about shouted that this was so. "Very well," said Robin, "but since my missing any mark is rare, let the one who doles out the punishment be rare as well. Good brother," he said to the friar, "let thy holy hand give me my blow." And without a word, as all sat hushed about the fires as silent as snow, the tall friar extended his arm and fetched Robin such a stunning blow that all who saw it gasped in wonder. As for Robin, he was thrown some yards distant onto the ground, and it w as a full three minutes before he could open his eyes. When he did, he saw as handsome and as strong a face as ever he beheld, for while smiting the blow, the hood had fallen from the friar's face.
Robin shook his head. Had the blow caused him to lose his senses? Surely this was no churchman! Then from here and there came a murmur, a shout, a roar - "The King! The King! 'Tis Richard the Lion-Hearted."
And with that , each man there fell to his knees before the King.
After a moment the King said, "Arise, good fellows, and have no fear." "Mercy!" cried Friar Tuck, and soft were the echoes as all called mercy.
Then did the King look stern, and he summoned Robin Hood to stand before him.
"Thee and thy men are in no danger. 'Tis true ye are outlaws, and 'tis true ye kill the deer that by rights belong to me. But haven't ye feasted the King on his very own food? And haven't ye shown me greater kindness this day than did the Sheriff of N ottingham? Right pleased am I to see such a band of goodly men. And now - to test the truth of what ye hath said no more than an hour ago -- that every last man of ye would willingly die for the King."
"The King! The King!" shouted all the merry men. "Long live the King!"
"Ye have heard the truth," said Robin Hood humbly, and he bowed low to kiss the hem of the King's cloak. "Then I give ye all pardon from this day hence," said the King. So great were the cheers that followed, that even the birds awoke to sing along.
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