1661 - Wood, Anthony - Survey of Antiquities of City of Oxford (2)
|Title||Survey of the Antiquities of the City of Oxford|
|Mentions||Robin Hood's pennyworths|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-02-17. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-02-20.
And all, both lodgings, chambers, aedifices and gardens [of St Bernard's College, Oxford], were (as I have seen [...] in a roll concerning the perticulars of St. Frideswide's monastery in King Henry VIII raigne) estemed in length and bredth but two acres, and worth if let to ferme but 20s per annum.
By which wee may understand (considering the praemisses) how this place at or about its time of dissolution was soe much (as 'tis here exprest) undervalued. And therfore I verily believe sold, as they used to say, for 'Robin Hood's pennyworths.'
IRHB's brackets. At the ellipsis I have left out a reference to an irrelevant footnote.
Note that Anthony Wood here seems to regard the proverbial expression "Robin Hood's pennyworths" as somewhat dated.
- Not included in Dobson, R.B., ed.; Taylor, J., ed. Rymes of Robyn Hood: an Introduction to the English Outlaw (London, 1976), pp. 293-11.
- Outside scope of Sussex, Lucy, compil. 'References to Robin Hood up to 1600', in: Knight, Stephen. Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw (Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1994), pp. 262-88.
- Wood, Anthony; Clark, Andrew, ed. Survey of the Antiquities of the City of Oxford, composed in 1661-6 (Oxford Historical Society, vols. 15, 17, 37) (Oxford, 1889-99), vol. II, p. 310.