An historical sketch of Robin Hood and Captain Kidd

An historical sketch of Robin Hood and Captain Kidd

by William W. Campbell
     
 

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textit{. EOBIN HOOD. The name of Robin Hood is familiar to all who speak the language of England, and yet there remains much uncertainty as to the place of his birth, the…  See more details below

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textit{. EOBIN HOOD. The name of Robin Hood is familiar to all who speak the language of England, and yet there remains much uncertainty as to the place of his birth, the precise reign in which he was born, whether he was noble or yeoman, or of Norman or Saxon origin. It is natural that reasons should be .given for the great ascendancy which his name and fame have attained in England. It is evident that no ordinary man could have taken so strong a hold on the popular mind. He who has been the subject of innumerable ballads and tales, which have been sung and handed down by tradition from age to age, whoso memory was cherished and whose deeds were celebrated by May-day festivals and country dances, was not a mere ro'bber or deer stealer, gathering in his plunder and feasting his followers under the green wood tree. There have been disputants engaged in endeavoring to solve the matter. The one side contend that he was of Norman origin, of noble blood ; that he was, in short, the Earl of Iluntington. They state that his real name was Robert Fitzooth, and that he was descended, on his mother's side, from Guy, Earl of Warwick; that he was born about 1160, at Locksley, in the County of Nottingham, in the reign of Henry II; that in his youth he was of a wild and extravagant disposition, and wasted his estates ; was outlawed for debt, and either from necessity or choice, sought an asylum in the immense forests of Barnsdale and Sherwood. The inscription on his tomb at Kirklees, supports this view. It is in old English, a correct version of which is as follows: Here underneath this little stone Lies Kobert, Earl of Huntington ; Never archer as he so good, And people called him Robin Hood. Such outlaws as he and his men, Will England never see again. textit{Died, December, 1247....

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2940017462775
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New York, Scribner
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