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The Forestwife

The Forestwife Mary years old and an orphan must flee into Sherwood Forest to avoid an arranged marriage There her life truly begins for she finds a community of heroic outlaws that includes a woman with seemi

  • Title: The Forestwife
  • Author: Theresa Tomlinson
  • ISBN: 9780440413509
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mary, 15 years old and an orphan, must flee into Sherwood Forest to avoid an arranged marriage There her life truly begins, for she finds a community of heroic outlaws that includes a woman with seemingly magical healing powers and a young man who is bravely leading the fight against tyranny This man is Robin Hood, and Mary will soon be known as Maid Marian, the green laMary, 15 years old and an orphan, must flee into Sherwood Forest to avoid an arranged marriage There her life truly begins, for she finds a community of heroic outlaws that includes a woman with seemingly magical healing powers and a young man who is bravely leading the fight against tyranny This man is Robin Hood, and Mary will soon be known as Maid Marian, the green lady of the woods.

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    1. 5 Words: History, family, poverty, bravery, Robin-Hood.I kind of accidentally stumbled on this book, but I've been having a run of awesome Robin Hood inspired stories recently, so I figured I had nothing to lose. And I'm really glad I picked this up.Ten years ago (ye gawds, I'm getting old) I would have absolutely loved this. It's full of action and adventure and ultimately is the story of Marian finding herself and growing up and going through a remarkable change. And I went into this reading a [...]

    2. This is robin Hood from Maid Marian's point of view and a good choice for teen girls. And just about any Robin Hood fan, of course. :D but be warned: the "thees" and "thas" can be kind of annoying. they take getting used to.So, as a modern young lady who wants gender equality and the stupid stereotypes stomped out, I can totally appreciate an independent, strong, stubborn young woman as a lead character. Especially in a time period like the late 1100s. at that time, woman were basically animals. [...]

    3. This is the 1-star of I really don't care, not the 1-star of ew get it away from me. Probably a 1.5, if you will.I have apparently dreaded reading this for way too long.I remembered reading the sequel, Child of May, about 8 or 9 years ago and hating it, though the hatred is so vague at this point that I can really only remember one sexual reference that made me very uncomfortable as a 13yo.Probably, Child of May is not actually worth hating. It's just, like The Forestwife, not that good.I dreade [...]

    4. I have read this exactly 7 years ago. I got it as a present from one of my class mates. I know I really enjoyed it and should probably read again because I don't remember much.

    5. Forestwife had a nice, lyrical quality to it, but it left me very unsatisfied. Overall, it felt like an outline to an actual book. It's too bad, because I was very excited by the idea of having a Robin Hood retelling focused on the women of the story that traditionally get very little air time. But it just didn't dig deep enough for me. Don't get me wrong - I appreciate an economy of words, I don't need ten pages inside some simpering heroine's head, but the clipped, active sentences left me won [...]

    6. I just finished Caroline Fraser's opus about the "Little House" books and wanted a quick read that was pure fantasy. First I whipped through Elsa Watson's "Maid Marian." Since "The Forestwife" was right next to it on my bookshelf, I decided to read that as dessert. I am a fan of the Robin Hood legend but am much more drawn to these two very different tellings of who Maid Marion might have been and what her story was. These both describe young women who've been pampered, run away as they are abou [...]

    7. If I'd read this when I was about eleven or twelve, I would probably have loved it. It's the Robin Hood story, but focused around the women, including one main strong woman, Mary de Holt, or Marian. It doesn't seem to focus much on Robin/Robert at all, although it may later in the trilogy. I doubt it, though; I think it's all quite strongly focused on Marian.Reading it as an adult, it's less enchanting. I'm not as caught up in the sense of adventure and empowerment and young girls doing wonderfu [...]

    8. I liked this through the eyes of my 13/14 year old self, if that makes sense- I can see the book is for young adults but I can appreciate it through that lens. I have always loved traditional stories retold through the eyes of the women who are so often sidelined or painted one-dimensionally. This story especially because it recognises the importance and strength of women and the unique powers they have. I also love the idea of the almost mythical character of the 'Forestwife'. The women recogni [...]

    9. I read this when i was an early teenager so probably 10-12 years ago, while I can't remember most of the story, I remember that i adored this trilogy. It was exciting, well written and heartbreaking at the same time.

    10. I own this book, i like it very much, I think I might have read the other two in the series when I was in Middle school

    11. I found out about this book from a booklist of "fractured fairy tales" or retellings of fairy tales and myths. What interested me about this book was that it was a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, about Maid Marian. Now, I haven't read any other Robin Hood stories. I've seen the Disney cartoon version and the Kevin Costner movie version. I was a little in love with the Disney Robin Hood when I was little, but that might have been because he was a fox and that was my favorite animal. Or maybe [...]

    12. Fleeing an unwanted forced marriage, orphan Mary runs away to the woods of England. She is worried about the wild creatures and outlaws that live there, but willing to take her chances. Her nurse Agnes follows her, and proves to be an essential companion and mentor, who is knowledgeable of herbal healing and wilderness survival. They become part of a community of people who live in the forest avoiding the oppression of local lords, including Agnes' son Robert. The idea of a Forestwife, a wisewom [...]

    13. The Forestwife was a lovely book, full of magic and intrigue. I have a wild imagination, so this really piqued my interest. As you can tell from what the back of the book says, it’s about a girl named Mary that runs off into the woods to escape a terrible marriage she wants no part in. Luckily, Agnes, a good friend, helps her in her journey.Personally, while reading this book, I imagined everything, from the trees to the deer. When it talked about the Forestwife’s house, I imagined a very la [...]

    14. I read this as a child and recently found it again while going through my bookshelf. I've been on a re-telling of Robin Hood kick lately so decided to give it a re-read.I was surprised at some of the topics covered in the book, as I really didn't remember that much going on from when I first read it. They weren't talked about in detail, but there were definitely some heavy issues mentioned.Overall I really liked this book. It's simple and obviously written for children, but not overly so and is [...]

    15. A fresh take on the Robin Hood legends from Maid Marian's perspective. Excellent depiction of the times and I especially enjoyed the focus on the lot of women from the gentry to the humble village women, nuns, the elderly. I loved the way the legacy of the 'Forestwife' passed from one woman to the next as each holder of the Forestwife's belt took on the task of serving the community as a wise woman, providing herbal remedies, food and advice to all her sought her out and gave up hope of a person [...]

    16. When I was at my parents' house over Christmas break, I found a copy of The Forestwife on a bookshelf and decided to read it. Earlier this year I read most of a scholarly work called Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography, and in it it talked about some contemporary retellings that the author thought were particularly good Robin Hood tales, The Forestwife being one of them. The story focuses on Marian, how she escapes from an impending arranged marriage to live in the woods, eventually assuming the role [...]

    17. Theresa Tomlinson takes the old story and refashions them from the female point of view. In this version, Maid Marian becomes Mary, a high-born Norman girl, flees to the forest to escape an arranged marriage. Following her is old nurse Agnes who takes them to see the Forest Wife, a mythical figure of the Forest. Rather than the bogey-woman though, Mary discovers a flesh and blood woman who devotes her life to serving the people of the forest. Agnes is soon called to take over the role and the tw [...]

    18. I really enjoyed this, up until the ending, which seemed rather rushed and was definitely unsatisfying. I must say as a relevant aside, that knowing about the history of the Robin Hood legend when reading fiction based on it is (for me anyway) beneficialor funor, it makes me feel smug and well-read, anyway, recognising all the bits and pieces authors have used from ballads etc, and being able to differentiate those from the elements the authors have added themselves. But back to The Forestwife. [...]

    19. Since I am working my way through novels of Robin Hood legend, I have a few other versions to compare this one to and it stands up well in comparison. Tomlinson's Forestwife turns the attention to Marian and does a beautiful job of mixing the mythology of early England with the later legends of Robin Hood. Since this novel targets young adults, the afterword is valuable in describing Tomlinson's research and thoughts on working within the various legends to write her story. Forestwife describes [...]

    20. I love Robin Hood stories. Eventually I'll read them all (and hopefully soon)! I especially like stories like this where the focus is Marian. The Forestwife revolves around the legend of a woman that lives alone in the woods caring for those that come asking. The legend of the Green Lady is born. Not your classic Robin Hood, in fact Robin plays a fairly small role in this story. Marian learns lessons about life and responsibility. I loved the character development in this story. Marian goes from [...]

    21. I've never actually gotten my hands on a lot of stories told from the Robin Hood mythos, which is a shame, really. This one was quite an interesting take on the original stories (or what I understand of them). It took a much more realistic view of the relationship between the rich and titled and the poor who Robin Hood fights for. The story was also very much centered around the figure of Maid Marian who was re-written as a run-away bride turned herb woman by her nurse who helped her escape the [...]

    22. Rivisitazione della classica vicenda di Robin Hood. Libro corto, piacevole e poco impegnativo. Va benissimo per "spezzare" qualche libro più "tosto" e passare un pò di tempo in compagnia dei "soliti" personaggi (Little John, frate Tuc, ecc.), che però si presentano sotto una diversa luce e in certi casi sembrano più "realistici" (ad es. il povero Robert di Loxley più che un'eroe, è un idealista che si arrangia come può). La protagonista assoluta è Marian che non è, come ci si aspetta, l [...]

    23. So this book is a new tale of the classic Robin Hood. Its told from Maid Marian's perspective. It starts off as Mary runs away from her uncle as he has set her up with a match to be married. Her old maid Agnes then finds her and is more that she appears to be. Agnes then lead Mary to hid in the forestwife's hut who is dead. Agnes then takes on the role as forestwife and Mary becomes known as Maid Marian, or the green lady. I kind of liked this book. I didn't really like the end of the book. Agne [...]

    24. Tomlinson tells the story of Robin Hood, but from the point of view of Marian. In this book Marian is not some helpless noblewoman needing to be rescued at every turn, but a runaway noblewoman who heads to the woods to escape an arranged marriage. Once there she learns the ways of the forest, befriends an unlikely group of people, saves women and entrapped nuns and eventually becomes the Forestwife.It is also implied that she gets it on with Robin Hood (here called Robert) but decides not to mar [...]

    25. Some stories and characters are timeless. I can read about Robin Hood, Marian, and the rest of the gang in any of their incarnations and never tire of the story. The Forest Wife is a cute little tale focusing on Marian and how she helps the people that come to the forest. Robin, Little John, Much, and Friar Tuck are all there in some form. I really liked the book, however, it is written for a younger audience, so while I enjoyed it, I’m itching for a Robin Hood story with a little more meat to [...]

    26. I very much enjoyed this spin on the Robin Hood tradition, with Green Woman of the forest rather than the Green Man. Ms. Tomlinson provides excellent historical perspective as she tells the tale of a young woman on the run from the prospects of an unwanted marriage, accompanied by her nursemaid. Herb craft and the healing arts are just part of what the forestwife has to offer peasants, serfs and freemen attached to a lord's demesne. Most of the folk seeking her aid have been thrown off the lord' [...]

    27. I am a huge fan of British legends such as King Arthur and Robin Hood, but this is probably my all time favorite Robin Hood story.It centers on Marian rather than Robin (who doesn't appear for about half of the book). Marian goes from the sheltered daughter of a nobleman to a vagabond in the woods, a transformation that makes for a beautiful story.I'm also a sucker for a bittersweet ending and this one takes a prize. The harsh realities of the time period (which Tomlinson doesn't shy away from) [...]

    28. This was a story based on maid Marian from Robin Hood. The author explains in the back of the book that she used several sources and her own imagination to create the characters. It was an easy read, once I actually tried to read it. I wasn't impressed with the ending. I thought Marian should have been able to marry Robert. I also didn't like that she (the author) killed Agnes. I also didn't like the implied premarital relations, but that is just a personal opinion about morals. The idea of the [...]

    29. Yet another retelling of Robin Hood (is there a twelve-step program?). I liked this version. It wasn't a delightful surprise, but it wasn't too shiny and perfect. I thought making Marian a healer was a wonderful idea. Traditionally, the merry men don't really have a healer/doctor/barber. So Marian's skill is incredibly useful. She's no damsel. Robin isn't quite so charmingly/irritably noble, he's actually of a common sort (though still freeborn, as I recall). So there's that. Not sure if I'm goi [...]

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