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Posted By: Rob Naylor
27-May-10 - 05:10 AM
Thread Name: Robin Hood in the Crusades?
Subject: RE: Robin Hood in the Crusades?
Nerd: Rob Naylor has the color history a bit scrambled. It's not that the ballads "are pretty clear" that the color is "greyne" rather than "grene." For one thing, anyone looking for such consistency and fine distinction in Middle English spelling is sure to be disappointed! Rather, what Rob is referring to is the fact that, in the first fytte of the Geste of Robyn Hode, Little John refers to Robin having cloth of "scarlet and grene" to supply the threadbare knight with clothes. Scholars SPECULATE that this phrase might originally have been "Scarlet in Graine," a particularly rich form of scarlet.

Fair enough! Serves me right for reading "scholarly" works on the subject :-(

Nerd again: Geoff, "hose," whose plural was "hosen," varied in all those particulars.

My maternal grandma always called shoes "shooen" and eyes "ee-en"...and she was born as late as 1885!