By Hilton Kelliher, Stephen Knight
The invention of the Forresters Manuscript in 1993 forged new gentle at the Robin Hood ballad culture. courting from approximately 1670, it comprises twenty-one ballads, with models of 1, delivering texts in actual fact more desirable to these to be had in kid's vintage ballad assortment: for instance, the motion of Robin Hood and Queen Katherine and The Noble Fisherman, imprecise for hundreds of years, is now transparent in models fuller than these it sounds as if slash to slot the dimensions for broadside publication.Other Forresters texts of excessive curiosity are substantially version texts of Robin Hood and Allin a Dale, Robin Hood and the Bishop and The King's conceal and Friendship with Robin Hood, the final providing texts a few seventy years past This version bargains an entire diplomatic textual content in unique spelling with mild smooth punctuation, textual introductions, notes on textual content and which means, word list and bibliography. A common creation discusses the trends of the manuscript asa complete, and a Manuscript Description is equipped by way of HILTON KELLIHER, Keeper of Western Manuscripts on the British Library.STEPHEN KNIGHTis Professor of English Literature on the college of Wales at Cardiff.
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Extra info for Robin Hood: The Forresters Manuscript (British Library Additional MS 71158)
Robin Hood and the Butcher 44 9. Robin Hood and Queen Catherin 52 10A. Robin Hood and the Pinder of Wakefield 1 62 10B. Robin Hood and the Pinder of Wakefield 2 68 11. Robin Hood and the Fryer 71 12. Robin Hood and the Preists 77 13. Robin Hood and the Begger 81 14. Robin Hood and the Tincker 86 15. Robin Hood and Will Scathlock 92 16. Robin Hood and the Stranger 98 17. Robin Hood and the King 105 18. Robin Hood and the Tanner 117 19. Robin Hoods Chace 123 Page vi 20. Little Johns Begging 127 21.
This is my Birding Bow' quoth Robin 'Which I carry by the way But I haue two stronger Bows at home At home at Merry Loxley. ' Then Robin Bent a very good Bow And at them hee lett flee 50 Of the neer side he did break two ribbs On the farr side he broke three. His arrow being sharpe and keen Quite through the Buck did flee By the force of Robin Hoods strong arme 55 It girt into a tree. ' 60 'Thou dost prouoke vs' quoth the Forresters 'And alack why dost thou so? ' Then Robin bent once more his bow And att them he lett flee 70 Till fowerteen of these Forresters There at his feet did lie.
In the case of apostrophes, hyphens and word-divisions the practice of the text has been followed, though it can be, as with spelling, inconsistent, and these matters are commented on in the notes. Each ballad has its own Introduction, stressing matters of source, date, textual transmission and any notable features of style or language. Detailed issues of this kind are taken up in the notes, which also discuss emendations, references and other text-specific matters; unusually complex issues of translation are discussed in the notes, but the glossary provides most of the necessary information for translation.