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[Illustration: Cover art]

[Frontispiece: SLAGFID PURSUES THE WRAITH. See p. 60.]

TALES OF ROMANCE

BASED ON TALES IN THE BOOK OF ROMANCE EDITED BY ANDREW LANG

WITH 4 COLOURED PLATES AND 15 OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS By H. J. FORD AND LANCELOT SPEED

NEW IMPRESSION

LONGMANS, GREEN AND CO.

39 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON

FOURTH AVENUE & 30TH STREET, NEW YORK

BOMBAY, CALCUTTA, AND MADRAS

1919

CONTENTS.

The Story of Robin Hood

Wayland the Smith

Some Adventures of William Short Nose

The Sword Excalibur

How Grettir the Strong Became an Outlaw

Death of Grettir the Strong

ILLUSTRATIONS.

COLOURED PLATES.

Slagfid pursues the Wraith over the Mountain . . . . . . Frontispiece

The Chariot of Freya

Alix kisses Rainouart

Arthur meets the Lady of the Lake and gets the Sword Excalibur

ILLUSTRATIONS IN THE TEXT.

Robin Hood's meeting with Little John

The Knight repays the Four Hundred Pounds

When the Sheriff saw his own vessels, his appetite went from him

Friar Tuck upsets Robin Hood

"There is pith in your arm," said Robin Hood

Robin Hood shoots his Last Arrow

The Three Women by the Stream

Wayland mocked by the Queen and Banvilda

The Merman warns Banvilda in vain

Vivian's Last Confession

The Captives William Short Nose rides to the Rescue

The Lady Alix stays the wrath of William Short Nose

The Lady Gibourc with Rainouart in the Kitchen

Rainouart stops the Cowards

Grettir overthrows Thorir Redbeard

THE STORY OF ROBIN HOOD.

PART I.

Many hundreds of years ago, when the Plantagenets were kings, England was so covered with woods, that a squirrel was said to be able to hop from tree to tree from the Severn to the Humber.

It must have been very different to look at from the country we travel through now; but still there were roads that ran from north to south and from east to west, for the use of those who wished to leave their homes, and at certain times of the year these roads were thronged with people.

Pilgrims going to some holy shrine passed along, merchants taking their wares to Court, Abbots and Bishops ambling by on palfreys to bear their part in the King's Council, and, more frequently still, a solitary Knight, seeking adventures.

Besides the broad roads there were small tracks and little green paths, and these led to clumps of low huts, where dwelt the peasants, charcoal burners, and ploughmen, and here and there some larger clearing than usual told that the house of a yeoman was near.

Now and then as you passed through the forest you might ride by a splendid abbey, and catch a glimpse of monks in long black or white gowns, fishing in the streams and rivers that abound in this part of England, or casting nets in the fish ponds which were in the midst of the abbey gardens. Or you might chance to see a castle with round turrets and high battlements, circled by strong walls, and protected by a moat full of water.

This was the sort of England into which the famous Robin Hood was born. We do not know anything about him, who he was, or where he lived, or what evil deed he had done to put him beyond the King's grace. For he was an outlaw, and any man might kill him and never pay penalty for it.

But, outlaw or not, the poor people loved him and looked on him as their friend, and many a stout fellow came to join him, and led a merry life in the greenwood, with moss and fern for bed, and for meat the King's deer, which it was death to slay.

Peasants of all sorts, tillers of the land, yeomen, and as some say Knights, went on their ways freely, for of them Robin took no toll; but lordly churchmen with money bags well filled, or proud Bishops with their richly dressed followers, trembled as they drew near to Sherwood Forest who was to know whether behind every tree there did not lurk Robin Hood or some of his men?

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