The Gest of Robyn Hode: A Critical and Textual Commentary
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The "Gest of Robyn Hode," in print by 1535, was the most substantial early tale of Robin Hood, telling of how he rescued a knight from being bankrupted by the church, captured then later killed the Sheriff of Nottingham, won a great archery contest, was reconciled to the King, and died. This volume includes a critically re-edited text of the "Gest," a modernization, vocabulary, extensive notes, and an introduction setting it in historical context (including a demonstration that the King of the "Gest" is Edward -- probably Edward II -- and not Richard I). Also includes texts of many other writings of the "Robin Hood Period" and assorted illustrations.