• Robin Hood and His Merry Outlaws  - Chapter 1

  • How Robin Hood Became an Outlaw

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  • “List and hearken, gentlemen, That be of freeborn blood, I shall you tell of a good yeoman, His name was Robin Hood.

  • Robin was a proud outlaw, While as he walked on the ground:

  • So courteous an outlaw as he was one Was never none else found.”

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    In the days of King Harry the Second of England there were certain forests in the North Country set aside for the King’s hunting.

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  • Any man who shot a deer in them faced the penalty of death.

  • These forests were guarded by the King’s Foresters, the chief of whom, in each wood, was equal in authority to the sheriff in his walled town, or even to a bishop in his abbey.

  • One of the greatest of the royal hunt­ing preserves was Sherwood Forest, near the town of Nottingham.

  • Here for some years lived one Hugh Fitzooth as Head Forester, with his wife and little son Robert.

  • The boy had been born in Lockesley town in the year 1160, records say, and was often called Lockesley, or Rob of Lockesley.

  • He was a handsome, well-built boy, and as soon as he was strong enough to walk, his chief delight was to go with his father into the forest.

  • As soon as his right arm grew strong enough, he learned to draw the longbow and shoot a true arrow.

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    On winter eve­nings his greatest joy was to hear his father tell of Will o’ the Green, the bold outlaw who for many sum­mers defied the King’s Foresters and feasted with his men upon the King’s deer.

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  • And on stormy days the boy learned to whittle out a straight shaft for the longbow and fit it with grey goose feathers.

  • His loving mother sighed when she saw the boy’s face light up at these woodland tales.

  • She was of gentle birth, and had hoped to see her son famous at the king’s court or in the bishop’s abbey.

  • She taught him to read and to write, to lift his cap gracefully, to answer directly and truthfully both lord and peasant.