A Lytell Geste of Robin Hode; With Other Ancient & Modern Ballads and Songs Relating to This Celebrated Yeoman to Which Is Prefixed His History and Character

A Lytell Geste of Robin Hode; With Other Ancient & Modern Ballads and Songs Relating to This Celebrated Yeoman to Which Is Prefixed His History and Character

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...adds he, "of the Franciscan order." Our fryer, however, is undoubtedly so called from his "curtall dogs," or curs, as we now say. (Courtault, F.) In fact, he is no fryer at all, but a monk of Fountain's Abbey, which was of the Cistercian order.--Ritson. Mr. Douce, in his copy of Robin Hood, says also, that the explanation of Dr. Stukeley is very unsatisfactory; that of Staveley is much more probable, who in chap, xxv of his "Romish Horseleech," asserts, that in some countries where the Franciscan Friars, conformably to the injunctions of their founder, wore short habits, the order was presently contemned and derided, and men called them Curtailed Friars. XX. ROBIN HOOD AND THE CURTALL FRYER. In summer time, when leaves grow green, And flowers are fresh and gay, Robin Hood and his merry men Were disposed to play. Then some would leape, and some would runne, And some would use artillery; "Which of you can a good bow draw, A good archer to be? Which of you can kill a bucke, Or who can kill a doe; Or who can kill a hart of Greece Five hundreth foot him fro?" This means, perhaps, no more than a fat hart, for the sake of a quibble between Greece and grease. Will Scadlocke he did kill a bucke, And Midge he kild a doe; And Little John kild a hart of Greece, Five hundreth foot him fro. God's blessing on thy heart, said Robin Hood, That shot such a shot for me; I would ride my horse a hundred miles, To find one could match thee. This caused Will Scadlocke to laugh, He laught full heartily: "There lives a curtall fryer in Fountaines Abbey Will beate both him and thee. The curtall fryer in Fountaines Abbey Well can a strong bow draw, He will beat you and your yeomen, Set them all on a row." Robin...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236928563
  • 9781236928566