Robin Hood by David Coe

In 13th-century England, the legendary figure known by generations as Robin Hood leads an uprising that will forever alter the balance of world power and will make one man of humble beginnings an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.

An expert archer once interested only in self-preservation, Robin now serves in King Richard’s army. Upon Richard’s death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation. There he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion, who is skeptical of the motivations of this mysterious crusader from the forest.

Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and to save the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct the injustices of the sheriff.

The Robin Hood statue as it is in Nottingham


Robin Hood was an outlaw in English folklore. A highly skilled archer and swordsman, he is now known for “robbing from the rich and giving to the poor”, assisted by a group of fellow outlaws known as his “Merry Men”.Traditionally Robin Hood and his men are depicted wearing Lincoln green clothes. The origin of the legend is claimed by some to have stemmed from actual outlaws, or from ballads or tales of outlaws.

Robin Hood became a popular folk figure starting in the medieval period continuing through modern literature, films, and television. In the earliest sources Robin Hood is a yeoman, but he was often later portrayed as an aristocrat wrongfully dispossessed of his lands and made into an outlaw by an unscrupulous sheriff.


So seriously… doesn’t that sound a lot like Robin Hood?  That’s ’cause it is!  I kid – but really this audio was all action, all testosterone, strong men who fight for their women…

ahhh… I admit it – I do like the era… I like men who act like men (packing a bow and arrow doesn’t hurt either…) and women who wear the long beautiful dresses but are still tough….

whats not to love?

I have seen the movie Men In Tights (no, I am not proud but there it is…) and probably a cartoon or two in the past, but not this movie as pictured here on the cover of my audio.

And I did enjoy it.  I have never read anything about Robin Hood before… haven’t even really sat through a movie about him… so this was really an experience.  I wasn’t sure going in if it would be a fit for me but it was funny and full of energy.

Thanks Tanya with Black Stone Audio who hooked me up with one at BEA!

Good Reads Review

The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading Map has been updated to include Robin Hood

I received this audio at BEA from Blackstone Audio

9 thoughts on “Robin Hood by David Coe

  1. I enjoy the variations of the Robin Hood legends (within reason). Reading the description they give for this book, it doesn’t sound like it coincides with this movie. I enjoyed this version of the movie (and Men in Tights ❤ Mel Brooks for that). It seemed more like they were aiming at historical fiction in the movie, than just retelling the legend in a quasi-historical section. If you get the premium cable channels, its been on frequently of late. I've developed a habit of stopping and watching it when I notice, even though I bought a copy

  2. I have seen parts of the movie…especially loved focusing on Russell Crowe (LOL); and I’m intrigued by archery. I took an archery course in college. Bet you didn’t know that!

    It was harder than it looks!

    I’ve never read any of the books, though (or listened…but then you probably guessed that!).

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. I’ve seen the movie – wasn’t too too impressed by it. I kept seeing Crowe as Maximus from Gladiator. Was curious about the book though, and you’ve made me want to get my hands on it again.

  4. David Coe is the best actor of robin hood. I watched it several times for the legendary story and it’s really outstanding for several historical segment. By the way I enjoyed this movie and can’t watch as like before. 🙂

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