Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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We bave taken no notice of the later fortunes of Robin Hood in his true and original character of a hero of romance. Towards the end of the 16th century, Anthony Munday attempted to re­vive the decaying popularity of this king of good fellows, who had won all his honors as a simple yeoman, by representing him in the play of The Downfall of Robert Earl of Huntington, as a nobleman in disguise, outlawed by the machina­tions of his steward. This pleasing and success­ful drama is Robin's sole patent to that title of Earl of Huntington, in confirmation of which, Dr. Stukeley fabricated a pedigree that transcends even the absurdities of heraldry, and some un­known forger an epitaph beneath the skill of a Chatterton. Those who desire a full acquaintance with the fabulous history of Robin Hood, will seek it in the well-known volumes of Ritson, or in those of his recent editor, Gutch, who does not make up by superior discrimination for his inferiority in other respects to that industrious antiquary.
Gough, " the scurrilous and malignant editor of that degraded publication."