“Robin Hood and the Butcher”


Robin goes to Nottingham in the guise of a young butcher who sells cheap and spends freely. The sheriff returns with him to the forest for bargain-priced cattle. He is shown deer, then captured and relieved of his gold. He is released for his wife's sake.


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


  1. Child 122, "Robin Hood and the Butcher" (2 texts)
  2. Bronson 122, comments only
  3. OBB 119, "Robin Hood and the Butcher" (1 text)
  4. BBI, RZN4, "Come all you brave gallants & listen a while"
  5. Roud #3980
  6. BI, C122


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1657 (Stationer's Register)