“A True Tale of Robin Hood”


The Earl of Huntington, incomparable archer, consumes his wealth and is outlawed due to indebtedness to an abbot. Renamed Robin Hood, he is cruel to clergy and kind to the poor. Several adventures and his death by bloodletting are recounted.


For background on the Robin Hood legend, see the notes on "A Gest of Robyn Hode" [Child 117]. - RBW

Historical references

  • 1198 - ninth year of Richard I, which the cover of the broadsheet reports as Robin's death date


  1. Child 154, "A True Tale of Robin Hood" (1 text)
  2. Roud #3996
  3. BI, C154


Author: Martin Parker (1632)
Earliest date: 1632 (Stationer's Register)