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The Gest of Robyn Hode by Robert B. Waltz
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The Gest of Robyn Hode

by Robert B. Waltz

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    The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Volumes 1 through 5 by Francis James Child (waltzmn, waltzmn)
    waltzmn: The classic work on ballads is also the classic edition of the folk poetry about Robin Hood; it contains edited versions of more than three dozen ballads and romances. Much work has been done in the more than a century since Child died, but it remains the most highly-respected reference on the ballads.… (more)
    waltzmn: The classic work on ballads is also the classic edition of the folk poetry about Robin Hood; it contains edited versions of more than three dozen ballads and romances. Much work has been done in the more than a century since Child died, but it remains the most highly-respected reference on the ballads.… (more)
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    Robin Hood and other outlaw tales by Stephen Knight (waltzmn)
    waltzmn: This is probably the best source of Robin Hood texts now available. Although I disagree with some of its conclusions, and have created a separate text of the Gest of Robyn Hode, I have referred to it frequently.
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    Robin Hood by J. C. Holt (waltzmn)
    waltzmn: The most readable summary of scholarly information on Robin Hood known to me. My volume on the "Gest" owes much to it.
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Francis James Child's The English and Scottish Popular Ballads contains about forty ballads or ballad-like pieces about Robin Hood.
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It is a rare man who can make a name for himself that lasts across the years. It is still rarer for a name to make a man.
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Lythe and listin, gentilmen,
That be of frebore blode;
I shall you tel of a gode yeman,
His name was Robyn Hode.

   (the first stanza of the Gest)
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The Gest of Robyn Hode is a study of the longest early source of material about Robin Hood -- a romance of almost 2000 lines. This volume includes a newly-edited Middle English text, a parallel in Modern English, textual notes, and an introduction describing the history and some of the content of the poem.
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Saved a bankrupt knight
Did Robin the proud Yeoman
Then served King Edward.
(Robert Waltz, editor of the "Gest")

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