The Scarlet Forest:
A Tale of Robin Hood
You are invited underneath the great greenwood tree to hear how a young man became a hero, and a hero became a legend. When Robin takes a shortcut through Sherwood Forest, the path he chooses leads not to Nottingham’s archery contest, but to a life on the run from the law. Unable now to become a knight, and joined by his childhood friends, Robin Hood leads the most infamous outlaw band ever to evade the king and his sheriff.
Blending true history with new stories, popular inaccuracies, and some almost forgotten medieval legends, The Scarlet Forest: A Tale of Robin Hood brings a new life to the greenwood, which here feels as fresh as it does traditional. With an academic background in medieval English studies, A. E. Chandler captivates with this unique and nuanced reinterpretation of Robin Hood’s struggles and adventures. The forest is waiting.
This bestselling novel is now out in an expanded 2nd edition - audio coming in spring.
The 2nd edition includes more bonus material, like a translation of one of the five surviving medieval "ballads," Robin Hood and the Potter, and two medieval recipes in period calligraphy.
With the 2nd edition on the horizon, the 1st edition is no longer available in stores. You can still order one of the remaining 1st edition copies here.
Welcome to my author’s website. I write “original history”: novels based on little-known people or events surrounding popular history. It’s my hope that, when you read one of my books, you will not only enjoy an interesting story, but have the opportunity to experience a different way of life.
I want to feel what it’s like to be a painter, a pirate, an explorer, an outlaw; I hope you’ll come on the journey.
A. E. Chandler
You can check out the latest videos for A. E. Chandler's Original History channel on YouTube. A new video about history and travel comes out every month. Get exclusive, firsthand travel tips, and see artefacts that have been kept hidden away in museum storage for decades.
Thanks to Jeanie at the book blog The Books Delight for hosting an author interview. Also, thanks to Melissa and her book club for inviting me to join their discussion on The Scarlet Forest: A Tale of Robin Hood.