145: Robin Hood and Queen Katherine

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The earliest version of this ballad is in Percy’s Folio Manuscript and it appears on seventeenth century broadsides in the Wood, Pepys and Roxburghe Collections, and in the 1663 and 1670 Garlands. This version was reprinted in eighteenth century garlands. Child also gives a more recent remake of the story found in the 1663 Garland.

Bronson gives a lengthy discussion of tune possibilities, mainly dismissing Rimbault’s and Child’s suggestions of other ballad tunes. He also includes useful discussion on the general designation of tunes to other RH ballads.

Not found in oral tradition.