Robin Hood's Chase [Child 146]
DESCRIPTION: Robin leaves London after the feats of Child 145. The king, repenting of his pardon, goes after him. Robin leads a chase through many towns, back to London, then to Sherwood. The king returns to London to learn cunning Robin had sought him there.
EARLIEST DATE: 1663 (garland)
KEYWORDS: Robinhood royalty escape
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Child 146, "Robin Hood's Chase" (1 text)
Bronson 146 comments only
Leach, pp. 418-420, "Robin Hood's Chase" (1 text)
BBI, RZN9, "Come you gallants all, to you I do call"
ADDITIONAL: Stephen Knight, editor (with a manuscript description by Hilton Kelliher), _Robin Hood: The Forresters Manuscript_ (British Library Additional MS 71158), D. S. Brewer, 1998, pp. 123-126, "Robin Hoods Chase" (1 text, close to the 1670 garland)
NOTES: It should perhaps be noted that the wife of Henry II (the "King Henry" of most Robin Hood ballads; reigned 1154-1189) was named Eleanor. The first Henry to have a wife named Katherine was Henry V (reigned 1413-1422); Henry VIII (1513-1547) marred several Katherines. But both these kings are far too late for Robin Hood's era. For further details, see the entry on Child 145.
For background on the Robin Hood legend, see the notes on "A Gest of Robyn Hode" [Child 117]. - RBW
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