By Roger Lancelyn Green
The vintage tale of social justice and outrageous crafty. Robin Hood, champion of the terrible and oppressed, stands opposed to the tough energy of Prince John and the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham. Taking shelter within the large Sherwood wooded area together with his band of guys, he is still made up our minds to outwit his enemies.
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Then, blowing a kiss to her father, and paying no realization whatever to man of Gisborne, Marian tripped gaily from the room and away into Sherwood wooded area. ‘And now,’ acknowledged Lord Fitzwalter grimly, ‘it is so you might seize this outlaw and string him as much as the top gallows in Nottinghamshire. until eventually that's performed, I worry there'll be little need on your coming right here to invite my daughter’s hand in marriage. ’ Sir man rose and bowed to his host. ‘My lord,’ he acknowledged, ‘I am already on my technique to Locksley corridor. The Sheriff’s males have been to enclose it final evening, taking prisoner any who got here in or out, and my fans do yet watch for me on the Abbey. whilst i am getting there, it can be to discover Robin Hood already of their fingers. ’ yet Robert Fitzooth had no longer been so blind to the hazards into which his double existence as Robin Hood was once prime him because the Sheriff and Prince John had meant. while he escaped from the chapel after the interrupted marriage ceremony, Robin and a few twenty males at hands rode off into Sherwood wooded area and endured on their strategy to inside a mile or so of Locksley corridor. the following Robin halted and turning, spoke to his fans: ‘My buddies, what I feared has befallen me. You all heard the mandate of outlawry learn opposed to me – and a few of you could have incurred probability of an analogous by means of withstanding these males despatched opposed to me below Sir man of Gisborne. good now, you'll decide upon for yourselves: I set you all unfastened from my carrier – yet certainly as i'm an outlaw, that units you unfastened even if i'll or no longer. if you happen to didn't all comprehend it already, you recognize now that i'm that Robin Hood who, for numerous years now, has befriended all comparable to endure lower than the cruelty and unjustness of lords, barons, bishops, abbots, and sheriffs. i've got already a band of guys sworn to persist with me who wait for me within the greenwood: we're all comrades and brothers, although me they've got selected to be their chief and their king – now not simply because i'm by way of correct an Earl, now not basically simply because i've got the present of a gentle hand and a transparent eye and so can shoot an arrow additional and straighter than so much males, yet simply because one needs to rule and that i come of a race of rulers (though we're yet slaves now to our Norman masters). i'm not more Robert Fitzooth, Earl of Huntingdon, however the simple yeoman of Locksley whom males name Robin Hood: yet my acquaintances in Sherwood have selected me king, and a king in Sherwood I will probably be, my first deal with my fans, yet our first deal with justice and mercy and the affection of God. And during this I carry that we dedicate no treason: while Richard comes domestic from the campaign this reign of terror and of evil opposed to which I struggle will finish. merciless, lawless John will oppress us now not, nor his acquaintances and fans use us with no correct or justice, as slaves and never as loose males. ‘Choose now, will you stick with me into Sherwood, all such of you as have neither spouse nor baby – or, as you blamelessly might, return to serve the hot grasp of Locksley. basically, for the affection and repair that used to be among us, I cost you to betray neither me nor any who have been your partners and are actually mine.