The Gallows in the Greenwood

Phyllis Ann Karr


The Gallows in the Greenwood

The Gallows in the Greenwood

  • Title: The Gallows in the Greenwood
  • Author: Phyllis Ann Karr
  • ISBN: 9781587156328
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback



Everyone knows the Robin Hood legend, but for this retelling, Phyllis Ann Karr has found a historical precident to create a female Sheriff of Nottingham and suddenly the whole myth explodes, taking on new meanings that resonate deep within contemporary culture The Gallows in the Greenwood does for Robin Hood what The Mists of Avalon did for King Arthur John Gregory BEveryone knows the Robin Hood legend, but for this retelling, Phyllis Ann Karr has found a historical precident to create a female Sheriff of Nottingham and suddenly the whole myth explodes, taking on new meanings that resonate deep within contemporary culture The Gallows in the Greenwood does for Robin Hood what The Mists of Avalon did for King Arthur John Gregory Betancourt, Author of Nine Princes of Chaos


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This little gem is well worth picking up on Kindle if you are a Robin Hood or medieval enthusiast.If Ms. Karr set out to do something a little different with the legend of Robin Hood while remaining true to its original core, I judge this work a complete success. All of the familiar elements are there, with the outlaws in their usual place in Sherwood Forest (all the usual suspects are there: Robin, Little John, Will Scarlet, "Dame" Marian, Much, Tuck, etc.) opposed to the sheriff of Nottingham. [...]

This is a charming storyline with witty dialogue. It reminded me of the Shakespeare play As You Like It. I appreciated the woman Sheriff of Nottingham. Normally, I would give a novel like this three stars, but the author's afterwords in which she discusses the Robin Hood legend were so much more interesting than the novel itself and enhanced my experience of the book. I also found out about what sounds like an unusual biography of King John, The Maligned Monarch: A life of King John of England.I [...]

Another great author suggestion via Maureen at Aliens in this World. This novel is a very interesting take on the Robin Hood story. The switch is that the Sheriff is a woman who took over the hereditary position after her husband is murdered.This was just totally enjoyable from beginning to end as a squire gets grabbed by Robin and his men as he is returning from a trip to the prioress. What proceed from then on introduces us to Robin's Merry Men who aren't exactly the do-gooders in so many vers [...]

This was a very inventive re-envisioning of the Robin Hood legend that plausibly had the Sheriff of Nottingham as a woman. The main story revolves around the Sheriff's squire, who is captured by the outlaws. But I found the way Karr wove a lady sheriff into the back story fascinating. A very fun find for this Robin Hood fan.

I found this to be a quite interesting version of the RH story. There are takes on various ballads which Karr, I would argue, manages to weld into a cohesive and coherent tale. An added bonus for me is the author's afterword.Definitely worth a read.


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