Sherwood Forced from his home by Norman invaders young Edward Aelredson Thane of Denby takes refuge in the forest Sherwood where with sword and bow he bedevils the usurping king and comes to be called Ro

  • Title: Sherwood
  • Author: Parke Godwin
  • ISBN: 9780380709953
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sherwood

    Forced from his home by Norman invaders, young Edward Aelredson, Thane of Denby, takes refuge in the forest Sherwood, where, with sword and bow, he bedevils the usurping king and comes to be called Robin Hood Reprint.

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    1. Werner

      Update note, Dec. 24, 2012 --That book mentioned in the first paragraph below, that I couldn't recall the author or title of when I wrote this review, was Robin Hood (1912) written by Henry Gilbert.My first literary introduction to the Robin Hood legend came as a seven- year old kid, through a large, thick (or so it seemed to me then, with a child's size perceptions!) trade paperback novel, of which --to my great frustration!-- I can't now recall either the author or the title. (But I vividly re [...]

    2. Michael S.

      Quite simply one of the most thoroughly enjoyable books I have ever read. I found this in a used book store and took a chance on it. I really did not expect to like it because the cover art looked pretty cheesy; sort of cartoonish, plus I had never heard of the author. So I was expecting an unrealistic 'Robin Hood and his band of merry men type of tale. This book is nothing like that. This is an emotionally complex, richly detailed, historically realistic epic saga. This is definitely not the Ke [...]

    3. Verity Brown

      I picked this up, not expecting anything special, but it turned out to be one of the better retellings of the Robin Hood story that I have ever encountered. Most Robin Hood stories feel more like fantasy than history. Not this one. Godwin deals in the gritty realities of the 11th century. His Robin Hood is not a mythic hero, just a middle-class Saxon farmer/forester trying to hold onto the only (small, yet complicated) world he understands against a tide of Norman invaders who are determined to [...]

    4. R.M. ArceJaeger

      Absolutely excellent. Definitely the best Robin Hood book I've yet read (and I've read quite a few!). Everything about it is believable, and the author truly makes you feel like you are witness to these events. I'm so used to reading Robin Hood books that mention Normans vs. Saxons without really delving into who they are or why they don't like each other (for someone not raised with that bit of British history, I can remember being very confused reading those first few books), that it was a del [...]

    5. Bill

      Now that Bernard Cornwell has become the historical novel author de jour, I often wonder if he would have existed at all without Parke Godwin. Godwin often toils in the same literary field at Cornwell retellings of famous Anglo events and people and often to better effect than Cornwall manages. Sherwood isn't a retelling of the Robin Hood tale, as much as a complete reimagining. Godwin places Robin in an England quickly being subjugated by the Normans, following the Battle of Hastings. Rather th [...]

    6. Cole

      A fresh take on the Robin Hood legend set during the Norman conquest of England after the Battle of Hastings.It took me a while to get a feel for Godwin's writing style. Having previously read him that was to be expected. You're going to need a dictionary for this one though. I learned a lot of new words.My only criticism is the blatant anachronism used in reference to the Plantagenet era. Otherwise a very enjoyable read.highly recommended.

    7. Arabesque

      I didn't actually read this but I got it out from the library and decided to flip through it to see if it was worth my time. In those few minutes I found two things about the book I very much disliked and therefore returned it unread. First, the writing style is not my taste. It's rather choppy and is not written very well. Godwin's style is confusing and hard to follow. It just doesn't seem to be very good literary quality. For that alone, I didn't feel like wasting my time on it (Though I love [...]

    8. Dana

      I was told before reading this story that I would either love this author, or not care for him in the slightest. I somehow have defied this and have landed in between.Parke Godwin I feel has a good grasp on the character of Robin and even wrote a very pleasing Marian. Because of this, I thought for certain that I would love this tale because this characterization seems to be what most Robin Hood authors lack. Godwin's pro's overshadowed his characterization, however. I found myself with blurry e [...]

    9. Kate

      Typically, we see Robin Hood set during the Plantagenet era of England; sometimes Henry II’s reign, but usually during Richard the Lionheart’s crusade. Godwin set his during the Norman conquest, highlighting the tumultuous transition from English Kings to French ones (namely, William the Conqueror). It’s a fascinating comparison to legends set later in the time period (because the Plantagenets were also French). This Robin is decidedly not loyal to his King. Marian is also different - she [...]

    10. Lohra

      I really liked this "origin" story. Very gritty. Very real. Took me a little bit to get into Godwin's writing style but in this tale Robin isn't some mythic good you have to accept. He's a man fighting for his idea of country. You understand him and you understand the people he's fighting against. In that light, the Sheriff of Nottingham isn't wholly evil either. He's just fighting for a different cause. Loved the little insights into a world transitioning between earthy Norse mysticism and Chri [...]

    11. Susan

      I read 30 pages. Does this book get better? Because it is over 500 pages and I can't see myself slogging through it if it doesn't get better. Actually, I think I won't continue, life is too short and I can't read a book I am not enjoying simply because the book summary sounds good. If I'm not enjoying it, it goes back to the library. Like this one will.Not for me.

    12. Amanda

      OH YOU GUYS<3Robin Hood with lots of sex and violence? Robin Hood set in 1066 when it makes sense instead of during the reign of Richard the Lionheart?this book is basically the next best thing to BBC Robin Hood, which therefore makes it objectively the next-worst thing in the universe, but IT'S COOL WE'RE ALL FRIENDS HERE

    13. Gary

      What an amazing vision of the story of Robin Hood. Parke brought to life, no, he made it live, in a very believable tale of one of folklore's greatest heroes. Seldom have I read a better historical fiction so well envisioned by the author. Robin, lived and breathed before my eyes. An Awesome work.

    14. John Enfield

      I'm about 2/3 of the way through this book. It's a different take on the Robin Hood legend. I like most of the changes though. It seems a bit more grounded in reality than most of the ones I've read. There is a touch of Celtic mysticism to it, but it is always, at least so far, from the point of view of certain characters: being their interpretation of events or people, rather than in the narrative suggesting it actually happened. Perhaps the biggest change is that of timing and setting. Often, [...]

    15. Eric

      This book was an amazing re Imagining of Robin and his band of outlaws it makes Robin a bit more world weary than the movies and T.V. portrayals of him and that I think makes for a better tale and a book that was extremely hard to put down.

    16. Jim Kennedy

      Excellent adaptation of the Robin Hood stories. I've read lots of books about him, but this is one of the best. Great characters, an interesting Sheriff, nice twists and turns and great evocations of the time. I really enjoyed this.

    17. Lanie

      I know, I know, I should read something all the way through before I decide I don't like it. especially if it's in my beloved genre of fictional robin hood. (of course, it's not actually a genre on its own. I just like to say it is because I've collected so many over the last few years. I've read and collected almost 50.) I only got about a 5th of the way into it but . . . . .god, I just can't do it. and I feel bad about it. really, I do. (I've only NOT finished two of my other Hood books.) And [...]

    18. Kara

      Godwin takes the traditional Robin Hood tale and pulls it back over one hundred years from the reign of Richard I to the tumultuous days of William the Conquer’s invasion of England, and suddenly the whole Saxon/Norman thing is a whole lot more serious.The tale itself doesn’t change much - the only main character’s name to change is that of the king - but what it does is give a whole lot of heat to the usual “Saxon” / “Norman” curses characters always growl at each other in your ty [...]

    19. Jen

      Godwin again reveals his mastery of historical fiction with this, plunking Robin Hood down in the aftermath of William the Bastard/Conqueror dominating England in 1066. I love that Godwin follows the big battles with the realities of warfare; you don't just conquer a people and move on, it's a long-term thing that takes so much skirmishing and compromising and understanding and pain. I also love that Godwin capitalizes on the oddity of the confusion of the conquered English, using his Welsh char [...]

    20. Duckie

      A leisurely, engaging read much in the vein of Bernard Cornwell or Ken Follett. Fans of Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth" books in particular will find much to like here. There is solid character development among the principal players and the author shows a good grasp of the historical/political significance of developments in English rule of law. It's clear Godwin has a deep and abiding passion for his subject, although his explanations are occasionally weak and sometimes hard to follow. Go [...]

    21. Lorraine

      Robin Hood has always been a favorite of mine. In Parke Godwin's Sherwood #1 the author sets his story of Robin in The Midlands shortly after The Battle of Hastings (1066). Although the author uses the setting during the time period of William the Conqueror , an unsettling and violent time for the Saxons, and a time period about which I know very little even though I am an avid Anglophile, would work, but it does! I learned a fair amount about the beginning of this era thanks to Mr. Godwin and S [...]

    22. Jayme

      The best retelling of Robin Hood that I have ever read.I was extremely impressed with this book. The writing had a classical feel to it, being rich and thoroughd poetically realistic, if that is not an oxymoron.The characters were well-formed, well-researched and even the supposed "villain" had all the nuance and background of the protagonists. You knew he was doomed to be Robin's nemesis and yet you really feel for him.I loved the take on Marian as well. She was not a remote or dramatic charact [...]

    23. Wayland Smith

      I can't remember when I read this, but I recognized the cover when it popped up in my recommendations. Sure enough, it's on my shelf, so I took a look.This was a fun retelling of the Robin Hood legend. It's grounded in reality and history a lot more than many tellings of the story. It's well-researched and has a lot of good detail.I consider myself a huge fan of Robin Hood in his various incarnations. This was a good addition to that mythos, with a healthy dose of historical detail.Recommended t [...]

    24. Phillip Akel

      What a book. Put simply, the best robin hood book that exists. This isn't your typical fantasy robin hood book. This is a REAL, gritty, emotional and page turning book. Parke Godwin is a masterful writer and I look forward to reading his other books. I'm mind-boggled by the people who rate this book low. The character of Robin [Edward], Marian, Maud, Fitz-Gerald and so many more are wonderfully written. This is a top 10 book on my list for sure. I recommend this book to everybody. Wow.

    25. Dawson

      This is a good re-interpretation of the Robin Hood story, placing it about 5 years after William conquered England. Because the setting is so different it takes a bit to get used to. As I was reading it I wondered how it would end in such a way as to set up the sequel. I thought the way it was handled was believable.Overall I thought it was a good book. If you are interested in this time period I recommend the book.

    26. Michelle

      Wonderful Robin Hood story, the best I've read! I didn't exactly love the author's writing style, hence the 4 stars. The setting for this story is earlier than most, in William the Conquerors time. I loved that this turned the Sheriff of Nottingham into a real person with feelings and values, and not just "the bad guy". It felt very realistic and not just legendary.

    27. Skulleigh

      I wish that I still had this recording. If I remember correctly, the author himself read it, and e had such a wonderful voice. It was a retelling of Robin Hood, and as such is kind of predictable, but the characters were humanized- not left as two dimensional cutout plot devices. I would like to read the book someday to compare.

    28. Shomeret

      This is the best Robin Hood novel I've read. This is an English Robin Hood and it takes place in 11th century England. I find it very authentic and faithful to what I consider the most essential elements of the Robin Hood legend. Robin Hood should be an 11th century hero and it should take place in England.

    29. Nicole

      Recommended by and borrowed from a friend.I hadn't read a Robin Hood story in years, and this was great.Favourite part: (view spoiler)[When Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham had to become allies and started getting along! Oh yeah. (hide spoiler)]It was great to get a historical perspective, and see it from the conquerors and conquered points of view.Would definitely read again.

    30. Lori

      "Robin Hood" is one of my favorite themes for a book. Years ago I borrowed this from the library and have often wished I owned a copy because it's one I'd read again.d again. I loved it. Unfortunately, it is not easy to find any longer.

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