by Parke Godwin

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Sherwood by Parke Godwin

Sherwood is the story of Edward Aelredson, lord of Denby, in Sherwood Forest. He was sixteen when the Duke of Normandy conquered his country and became William I of England. Edward's mother nicknamed him Edward Puck-Robin, but legend remembers him as Robin Hood.

The stirring tale of England's artful outlaw who challenged the throne itself is known to everyone, as are Marian, the Lady he loved, Will Scatloch, Little John, and the other men who gathered around him. But where might their legend have come from? Who might the historical "Robin" have been all those years ago in the now-famous Sherwood Forest?

Parke Godwin's Robin Hood is subtly different from the known version of the tale. His setting is shortly after the conquest of Anglo-Saxon England by William of Normandy in 1066. Young Robin is a lesser Saxon landowner who must bow to a brutal king or lose everything his family and people have fought to hold.

Sherwood is realistic, historical fiction of the highest order. It is a compelling, richly detailed narrative that evokes and illuminates a lost time.

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ISBN-13: 9780380709953
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/28/1992
Pages: 527
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.92(h) x 1.27(d)

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akatzen More than 1 year ago
Parke Godwin's "Sherwood" takes the much loved (and more than six hundred year old) Robin Hood legend and gives it an interesting twist. Generally, when an author takes a story to put his own spin on things the results end up as quite a gamble, but Godwin's story is solid political tale with real people and history at its center. Abandoning the reigns of Richard the Lion-heart and King John, Godwin sets his story more than one hundred and fifty years earlier, during the invasion of England by William, Duke of Normandy. Many of the Robin Hood stories mention the unrest between the peasant Saxons and the land-holding Normans, and this version of the story places the famous outlaw right at the beginning of it all. His name is Edward Aelredson, and he grew up the son of a landowner on lands adjacent to Sherwood forest. He was given the nickname of Robin by his mother, after the prankster lord of the forest Robin Goodfellow. When William the Conqueror invades, he fights with the rest of the English against the invaders, but the English are soundly beaten. As William sets up his throne in England, he establishes the Norman feudal system on the English people, which clashes with their previous political and social system, which allowed much more liberty in the name of common sense. Edward finds himself at the center of these ideological clashes (much against his will), and reluctantly becomes an outlaw after he finds no justice within the law. (I'm not spoiling the plot very much, since this is all exactly what William the Conqueror did) The full cast of characters from Robin Hood legends make an appearance, sometimes in highly surprising ways. And what the book ultimately offers is a novel as politically tumultuous and interesting as any historical fiction novel concerning the American Revolution, mixed with events that could well have been the basis for the future Robin Hood legends.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I started out reading Sherwood with little expectations, but the story the I found blew me away. This was definately an unexpected surprise! Sherwood is much more than a simple good verses evil book. You are able to evaluate the story and characters through many perspectives, which I found especially interesting. With a blend of adventure, romance and sense of virtue, this story makes for a perfect read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I've never seen a tale of Robin so like it. Robin is Edward Aelredson, Thane of Denby. He is called Robin after Puck-Robin, Robin Goodfellow. He is the forest. He also is a Saxon and it's the Norman Invasion. A Fantastic Read.