Retold by Liz Austin Series Editors: Andy Hopkins and Jocelyn Potter
Chapter 1 Robin Fitzooth is Born in
Sherwood Forest 1
Chapter 2 The Sheriff of Nottingham Finds
Robin Hood 3
Chapter 3 At St Mary's Abbey 5
Chapter 4 The King's Deer 6
Chapter 5 Robin Hood Meets Little John 9
Chapter 6 Robin Hood Helps Sir Richard of Lee 12
Chapter 7 Sir Richard Pays the Abbot 14
Chapter 8 Lady Marian and the Sheriff
of Nottingham 15
Chapter 9 The Sheriffs Visit 17
Chapter 10 Marian Goes to Sherwood Forest 19
Chapter 11 Robin Hood and Friar Tuck 20
Chapter 12 The Two Churchmen and the Bags
of Gold 25
Chapter 13 Sir Richard of Lee Comes Back to
the Forest 27
Chapter 14 Robin Hood Chapter 1 Robin Fitzooth is Born in Sherwood Forest and the Gold Arrow 28
Chapter 15 The Tall Friar 31
Chapter 16 The Last Adventure 34
Lord Gamw ell followed the man to the middle of Sherwood Forest. There, in the spring sunshine, he saw his daughter. He also saw a baby boy in her arms. Joanna looked up at her father and smiled. 'This is Robin, your grandson,' she said.
Robin Hood was born in the forest, and the forest was his home for much of his life. His story is hundreds of years old. At that time, in England, many Saxon people lived in small villages on the lands Chapter 1 Robin Fitzooth is Born in Sherwood Forest of important Norman lords (from Normandy, now in France). Other people lived on church lands. Life was hard for these villagers because they had to give money and food to their lord and to the church.
So village people loved to hear stories about Robin Hood. Robin Hood was clever, strong and brave. He loved adventure, and he was the best fighter in England. He took money from rich people and gave it to the poor villagers.
The most famous Robin Hood stories are in this book. They are about beautiful Lady Marian, the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham Chapter 1 Robin Fitzooth is Born in Sherwood Forest, good King Richard, and his bad brother, Prince John.
Many countries have stories about brave and clever adventurers. But is Robin Hood only a story? Perhaps Robin really did live, and perhaps not. There was a King Richard; he was king from 1189 to 1199. He left England and fought in Jerusalem. When he was away, Prince John was the most important man in England. Then, when Richard died, John was the next king.
The stories say that Robin Hood lived with his men in Sherwood Forest, near the town of Nottingham. Sherwood Forest and Nottingham are about two hundred kilometres north Chapter 1 Robin Fitzooth is Born in Sherwood Forest of London. Many people there say that Robin Hood really lived in the forest.
Chapter 1 Robin Fitzooth is Born in Sherwood Forest
The Robin Hood stories are very famous. Most people know that Robin lived in Saxon and Norman times. He robbed rich people and gave the money to poor people. But not everybody knows that he came from a rich family. And not many people know that Robin Hood was half-Saxon and half-Norman.
The story begins with Robin Hood's Saxon grandfather, Sir* George Gamwell. Gamwell lived near a Norman lord*. This lord wanted to take Gam well Chapter 1 Robin Fitzooth is Born in Sherwood Forest's house and his lands. The two men fought, and the Norman lord killed Gamwell's two sons. Gamwell's wife also died.
But Sir George also had a young daughter, Joanna.
'I have no sons,' Gamwell said to Joanna. 'So I will teach you to fight with a sword, and with a bow and arrow.'
Five years later, Joanna was nineteen years old and very beautiful. One day, a young man visited Sir George. His name was William Fitzooth, and he was a Norman.
'Sir George,' he began, 'I love your daughter. I hope that she loves Chapter 1 Robin Fitzooth is Born in Sherwood Forest me. I would like to marry her. I have money and land.’.'
But Sir George was very angry.
'Never!' he answered. 'My daughter will never marry you. Get off my land. Do not come here again or I will kill you!'
Joanna loved this young man. So she tried to talk to her father, but he didn't want to listen.
Sir, Lord, Lady: Important men had the words Sir or Lord before their names; important women had the word Lady.
'Go to your room!' he shouted. 'I do not want to hear that man's name again.'
That Chapter 1 Robin Fitzooth is Born in Sherwood Forest night, William came back to Sir George's home. He stood under Joanna's window and called to her. Joanna took . some clothes and came quietly out of the house.
William took her hand. 'Will you come with me and marry me?' he asked. 'We cannot live in my home because your father's men will look for you there. So we will live in the green forest.'
'I am sorry for my father,' Joanna said sadly, 'but I love you. I know you are a good man. I will marry you.'
In the morning, Sir George woke late. He Chapter 1 Robin Fitzooth is Born in Sherwood Forest called to his men, 'Where is my daughter ? I want to speak to her.'
But Joanna was nowhere in the house.
Sir George was very angry, then very sad.
'I have no family now,' he thought.
One fine day in April, a year later, a man came to the house.
'Your daughter sent me here,' he said. 'She wants you to come and see her.'
Sir George followed the man to the middle of Sherwood Forest. There, in the spring sunshine, he saw his daughter. He also saw a baby boy in her arms. Joanna looked up at her Chapter 1 Robin Fitzooth is Born in Sherwood Forest father and smiled.
'This is Robin, your grandson,' she said.
She gave the baby to her father. Sir George wanted to be angry, but he was very happy with his grandson in his arms.
'Robin? Is that your name?' he said. 'Well, little Robin, I wanted to kill your father but that is not possible now. Please, daughter, come with your husband and live near me. Let's forget the past.'
'We will come and live near you, father,' said Joanna. 'But I will often bring my son to the forest. I will teach him to find his
way Chapter 1 Robin Fitzooth is Born in Sherwood Forest in the forest in the day and at night. He will learn to make arrows for his bow, and to catch forest animals. He will make a ire and cook the meat. The forest will always be his second home.'