In the years of King Richard the
(1189-1199) there lived a brave and intelligent man called Robin Hood.
He was a
feared outlaw, who loved liberty and hated oppression. He took the law
own hands and robbed the rich to give to the poor. People loved him and
of him as a justice-maker. In time he acquired a heroic reputation and
represent the ideal of heroism of his age.
Stories about him and his
Friar Tuck, Little John, and Maid Marian may be found in the time. They
that Robin Hood and his companions lived in Sherwood Forest, near Nottingham. They were called the ‘merry men’ and
wear green clothes, a particular shade of green, called ‘Lincoln
also say that Robin’s outlaws were very well-organized and skilful in
attacks. They were very disciplined and obeyed strict rules of
The story goes that one day the
Sheriff’s men caught Will Scarlet, one
of Robin Hood’s outlaws, and took him to the Sheriff of Nottingham.
caught one of Robin Hood’s men,’ said one of them. The Sheriff, who was
with envy because all the people loved Robin Hood, said ‘Take him to
gallows in the market square tomorrow! Let people see what happens to
Robin Hood was having dinner
friends in Sherwood Forest when he
bad news. He thought of a plan to rescue his friend. ‘We are on the
back list. He will have no mercy for Will. We must save him before it
late’. Early the next morning he started out for Nottingham
together with his youngest and strongest men. They all wore long coats
their green clothes. Under their coats they carried swords or bows and
On their way to Nottingham
they saw an old man in a dirty black cloak. Robin asked him ‘Any news
from Nottingham?’ ‘The news is sad,
my Lord,’ the old man
said. ‘They are going to hang two prisoners tomorrow, at twelve o’clock. One of them
is my nephew, Jim.
They caught him red-handed while he was hunting deer in the forest. It
third time. This means the gallows. He had to do it. He’s got six
children. He had no choice.’
‘Wait!’ said Robin. ‘Will you
sell me your cloak?’ The
old man couldn’t believe his ears. ‘This dirty old thing? Well, you can
for a pound!’ ‘Thanks,’ said Robin and put on the cloak and gave the
pounds. ‘For you and your family. Take it.’ The old man was so
surprised that all
he could say was ‘God bless you, Sir!’
At twelve o’clock the market square was
full of people. Two men with ropes
round their hands stood under the gallows. Their faces were white with
The Sheriff was there with twelve men. Only the hangman!’ he shouted.
Doesn’t anybody here want to do the job? For five pounds?- For ten
Nobody answered. Then an old man in a black cloak came forward and
said. ‘I can
do the job all right.’ At once there were angry shouts from the crowd.
picked up stones and began to throw them at the old man. A woman took
out of her basket and threw it. ‘Get on with the job!’ cried the
gave the old man the money.
‘Hurry up, man!’ shouted the
are you doing?’ ‘Tightening the ropes, Sheriff!’ In fact, the old man
untightened the ropes round the two prisoners’ hands. Then he threw off
black cloak and he turned out to be Robin Hood, dressed in his green
with his bow in his hand. The two prisoners got lost in the crowd. At
time Robin’s outlaws in the crowd took off their coast too and ran to
‘Stop them! Kill them!’ shouted
Sheriff. Robin shot an arrow from his bow into the Sheriff’s hat. ‘Keep
men back, Sheriff!’ cried Robin. The Sheriff got the message. He was
anger. Before leaving the place he glared at Robin and said, ‘I’ll
one day.’ Then Robin threw the ten pounds into the crowd, saying ‘A
from the Sheriff!’ A moment later, Robin and his men were on their way
the shadows of Sherwood Forest.