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Ballads of Robin Hood and other Outlaws Popular Ballads of the Olden Times - Fourth Series   By: (1879-1939)

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In "Ballads of Robin Hood and other Outlaws: Popular Ballads of the Olden Times - Fourth Series," Frank Sidgwick presents a captivating collection of traditional ballads that transport readers back in time to a world of heroism, adventure, and outlaws. This anthology expertly showcases the timeless appeal of these narratives, painting a vivid picture of the cunning Robin Hood and other legendary figures.

Sidgwick's meticulous research shines through each carefully selected ballad, demonstrating his profound understanding and appreciation for the art form. The book is divided into various sections, each dedicated to a different outlaw or group of outlaws, such as Robin Hood, Adam Bell, and Fergus McIvor. This structure allows readers to delve deeper into the diverse characters and their universes, immersing themselves in the folklore of the Olden Times.

One of the book's standout qualities is the way in which Sidgwick masterfully navigates the balance between preserving the authenticity of the original ballads while making them accessible to a modern audience. His translations are faithful to the spirit of the originals without sacrificing readability. The rhythmic flow of the verses is preserved, transporting readers into the world of traditional storytelling and heightening the impact of these extraordinary tales.

Each ballad provides a unique insight into the lives of the outlaws, portraying them as complex individuals navigating a world of injustices and inequalities. They become heroes, champions of the people, as they challenge corrupt authority and champion the cause of the downtrodden. Through these narratives, Sidgwick highlights the enduring appeal of rebels fighting for justice, resonating with readers of all eras.

Furthermore, Sidgwick's extensive annotations and footnotes greatly enrich the reading experience. They provide historical context, explaining the origins and variations of the ballads, and shedding light on the cultural and societal conditions that inspired them. This scholarly approach ensures that readers fully grasp the significance and artistry behind each ballad, enabling a deeper appreciation of their impact and cultural relevance.

"Ballads of Robin Hood and other Outlaws" is a treasure trove for folklore enthusiasts, history buffs, and lovers of classic literature. The collection's engaging storytelling, authentic translations, and insightful commentary make it an invaluable resource and an enjoyable read. Sidgwick's meticulous curation and attention to detail make this anthology an essential addition to any bookshelf, enriching the understanding and appreciation of these timeless tales for generations to come.

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Uniform with this Volume



Ballads of Romance and Chivalry. 1903.


Ballads of Mystery and Miracle and Fyttes of Mirth. 1904.


Ballads of Scottish Tradition and Romance. 1906.



Fourth Series. Ballads of Robin Hood and other Outlaws

'Come sit we downe under this Hawthorne tree, The morrowes light shall lend us daie enough, And tell a tale of Gawen or Sir Guy, Of Robin Hood, or of good Clem of the Clough... Continue reading book >>

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