Summer,AD King Henry III of England is locked in a disastrous war with his rival, the King of France, and about to engage the French army at Taillebourg Serving in the English army is a captain of archers named Robin Hood Forced to leave his homeland, Robin has spent fourteen years in exile, serving as a soldier in various garrisons and embracing the heresy of the Cathars After the English army suffers a catastrophic defeat, Robin obtains a royal pardon from the King and makes his way back to England, hoping to see his beloved Matilda again In his long absence, the legend of Robin Hood, the Hooded Man, has spread and flourished Robin finds he has become a legend in his own lifetime, and inspired other men to take up the fight against Norman tyranny Most of his old followers are dead or scattered Those who survive are leading quiet, honest lives, desperate to avoid the notice of the law Driven by his heretical faith and a desire to strike one last blow against injustice, Robin attempts to bring the survivors together again in Sherwood, and spark a rebellion that will drive the Norman oppressors into the sea Unwilling to accept that his time is past, Robin risks all to bring England to the verge of civil war, even the lives of those he loves War and death loom on the horizon as Robin s enemies prepare for the return of the Hooded Man


10 thoughts on “Robin Hood: The Hooded Man

  1. Stephen Basdeo Stephen Basdeo says:

    I do not, as a rule, read modern Robin Hood novels for can anyone beat Scott This was good though.


  2. Blair Hodgkinson Blair Hodgkinson says:

    What makes Pilling s Robin Robyn interesting in this version is that it shows the character in a flawed and tragic light, as he becomes the victim of his own legend, and he takes plenty of other victims down with him This novella could easily be developed into a full length novel, but I am guessing that the unresolved aspects will be addressed in the next planned novella Pilling makes clever use of some historical figures Simon de Montfort for instance and events the Albigensian Crusade a What makes Pilling s Robin Robyn interesting in this version is that it shows the character in a flawed and tragic light, as he becomes the victim of his own legend, and he takes plenty of other victims down with him This novella could easily be developed into a full length novel, but I am guessing that the unresolved aspects will be addressed in the next planned novella Pilling makes clever use of some historical figures Simon de Montfort for instance and events the Albigensian Crusade and the Cathar heresy to create some new situations for Robin to face, and new developments for his character His attitudes toward the medieval Church are particularly well considered here.Well done, David Looking forward to the next one


  3. Michael Bully Michael Bully says:

    Really worth reading the previous novellas before embarking on this novella Opens with Robin as a soldier fighting in France for Henry III at the hopeless Battle at Talliebourg, 21st July 1242, It is a good way of introducing him to Simon de Montfort Robin has abandoned his earlier rebellious Christianity to become a Cathar heretic which gives the book an extra edge as this theme is returned to throughout the taleWithout spoiling the story, Robin manages to return to England , try to re conve Really worth reading the previous novellas before embarking on this novella Opens with Robin as a soldier fighting in France for Henry III at the hopeless Battle at Talliebourg, 21st July 1242, It is a good way of introducing him to Simon de Montfort Robin has abandoned his earlier rebellious Christianity to become a Cathar heretic which gives the book an extra edge as this theme is returned to throughout the taleWithout spoiling the story, Robin manages to return to England , try to re convene his previous outlaw band With a renewed and reckless determination to fight corruption and oppression Interesting how the writer seems uninterested in the 21st century attempts to find positive aspects to the reign and personality of Henry III an approach advocated by such historians as Darren BakerThere seems to be nothing endearing about the authority of the Crown of the Church This tale depicts Robin as a flawed hero, and there are enough well written battle scenes to please readers who enjoystandard Robin Hood novels Yet there are enough new angles explored in retelling one of England greatest legends Highly recommended


  4. Barefoot Gypsy Jimerson Barefoot Gypsy Jimerson says:

    Different look of HoodThis is a different take on Robin Hood in his middle age He has grown but is it for the better or worse In your telling of Hood he is a weak man But from story s an history an legends he was an has been strong an I we who he was It s good to read how other writers are Robin Hood Good read.


  5. Bill K Bill K says:

    Good readA unique and interesting tale of Robin Hood Well developed characters evil villains and likable heroes I have enjoyed the entire series and also other books from Davis Pilling Fun and interesting Highly recommend that you try his books.