“Adam Bell, Clim of the Clough, and William of Cloudesly”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1536
Keywords: outlaw pardon royalty
Found in: Britain(England)

Description

Three outlaws live in the forest. William visits his wife, is arrested, is rescued by the others. They seek pardon from the king, succeed by the queen's intervention, then show their archery prowess, including cleaving an apple on a child's head.

Notes

For the connection of this song with the Robin Hood legend, see the notes on "A Gest of Robyn Hode" [Child 117]. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Child 116, "Adam Bell, Clim of the Clough, and William of Cloudesly" (2 texts)
  2. Bronson 116, "Adam Bell, Clim of the Clough, and William of Cloudesly" (1 version, though Bronson questions its connetion with this song)
  3. Percy/Wheatley I, pp. 153-179, "Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough, and William of Cloudesley" (1 text)
  4. OBB 114, "Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough, and William of Cloudesly" (1 text)
  5. Roud #3297
  6. BI, C116