Robin Hood and the Bride

DESCRIPTION: Robin Hood's band meets a "prtty boy With a bow and bolt in his hand." The unnamed man laments that his love is to be married to another. They go to the church, and Robin arranges for the correct man to marry the girl
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1800 (Forresters MS, British Library Add 71158)
KEYWORDS: love marriage clergy Robinhood
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REFERENCES (1 citation):
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. 7-9, "Robin Hood and the Bride" (1 text)
Roud #3298
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Robin Hood and Allen a Dale" [Child 138] (plot)
NOTES: The Forresters Manuscript version of this song is clearly based on the same plot as "Robin Hood and Allen a Dale" -- but it has been extensively rewritten. The young man is never named, and the wedding is celebrated by an actual priest, whereas in "Allen a Dale," Little John humorously does the honors. Although Roud lumps this with the Child ballad, Knight thinks, and I concur, that this should be considered a separate poem -- although it is an open question whether it ever circulated outside the Forresters manuscript. - RBW
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