“Robin Hood's Chase”


Robin leaves London after the feats of Child 145. The king, repenting of his pardon, goes after him. Robin leads a chase through many towns, back to London, then to Sherwood. The king returns to London to learn cunning Robin had sought him there.


It should perhaps be noted that the wife of Henry II (the "King Henry" of most Robin Hood ballads; reigned 1154-1189) was named Eleanor. The first Henry to have a wife named Katherine was Henry V (reigned 1413-1422); Henry VIII (1513-1547) marred several Katherines. But both these kings are far too late for Robin Hood's era. For further details, see the entry on Child 145.

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


  1. Child 146, "Robin Hood's Chase" (1 text)
  2. Bronson 146 comments only
  3. Leach, pp. 418-420, "Robin Hood's Chase" (1 text)
  4. BBI, RZN9, "Come you gallants all, to you I do call"
  5. Roud #3989
  6. BI, C146


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1663