Outlaw (The Outlaw Chronicles, #1) by Angus DonaldMEET THE GODFATHER OF SHERWOOD FOREST
When hes caught stealing, young Alan Dale is forced to leave his family and go to live with a notorious band of outlaws in Sherwood Forest.
Their leader is the infamous Robin Hood. A tough, bloodthirsty warrior, Robin is more feared than any man in the country. And he becomes a mentor for Alan; with his fellow outlaws, Robin teaches Alan how to fight - and how to win.
But Robin is a ruthless man - and although he is Alans protector, if Alan displeases him, he could also just as easily become his murderer ...
Alan a Dale
Here I follow ballad collector Francis Child in using the earliest spellings. Although a common character in most Robin Hood novels and children's books, Allen only appears in one ballad -- this one. It's a relatively late ballad -- first appearing in the late 17th century, but the story of Robin helping a troubled lover isn't quite as new. Will Scarlet in later tellings also dresses in red and is something of a dandy. Allen is not present in the film starring Errol Flynn, but Will Scarlet appears as a minstrel. Nearly every time Allen or Alan appears in modern tales, he is a minstrel -- sometimes the narrator of the legend.
Allan A Dale is an expert robber with a sarcastic and funny nature. Allan's traits can be used to avoid capture, get food to the poor, and make useful contacts. But—as we find out—if skills like that were to fall into the wrong hands, there would be big trouble. Allan first joined the gang when Robin saved him from hanging at the behest of the Sheriff of Nottingham. But after a year in the forest, when he felt they were just scraping by, Allan began to want more than this earnest existence could offer. The temptation of power and money led him astray.
Alan a Dale
Alan a Dale's story of rescuing his fiance from an unwanted marriage with an older knight appears to have been adapted from an earlier similar tale of Will Scarlet doing much the same thing but that had dropped Will's name for a time for a nameless suitor before the suitor became Alan. Robin spotted Alan cheerfully singing his way through the forest wearing a splash of eye catching scarlet, and then the next day the same young man was seen trudging through the greenwood. When Robin asked him what caused the change in demeanor, in most tellings after first ascertaining Alan didn't have any gold for him to steal, he learns that Alan's bride to be is being forcefully married to an old knight. When Alan recognizes the famous outlaw he asks for his help in saving the woman he's been courting for over seven years in exchange for his services as a and loyalty. Robin gleefully accepts this opportunity to infiltrate and stop an unwanted wedding and helps Alan and the bride get wed instead.