By Robert Graves
Claudius has survived the murderous intrigues of his predecessors to develop into, reluctantly, Emperor of Rome. the following he recounts his strangely winning reign: how he cultivates the loyalty of the military and the typical humans to fix the wear and tear as a result of Caligula; his kinfolk with the Jewish King Herod Agrippa; and his invasion of england. however the growing to be paranoia of absolute strength and the infidelity of his promiscuous younger spouse Messalina suggest that his success won't final eternally. during this moment a part of Robert Graves's fictionalized autobiography, Claudius - wry, rueful, constantly inquisitive - brings to lifestyles one of the most scandalous and violent occasions in background.
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Gone was all the joy and brightness from everything, for his heart was sick within him, and it was borne in upon his soul that he had slain a man. ” cried he, “thou hast found me an archer that will make thy wife to wring! I would that thou hadst ne‘er said one word to me, or that I had never passed thy way, or e’en that my right forefinger had been stricken off ere that this had happened! ” For all this Robin Hood becometh an outlaw. And so he came to dwell in the greenwood that was to be his home for many a year to come, never again to see the happy days with the lads and lasses of sweet Locksley Town; for he was outlawed, not only because he had killed a man, but also because he had poached upon the King’s deer, and two hundred pounds were set upon his head, as a reward for whoever would bring him to the court of the King.
His bag and his hammer hung upon a twig of the oak tree, and near by leaned his good stout cudgel, as thick as his wrist and knotted at the end. He meeteth good company at the Blue Boar Inn. “Come,” cried one of the foresters to the tired messenger, “come join us for this shot. Ho, landlord! ” The messenger was glad enough to sit down along with the others who were there, for his limbs were weary and the ale was good. ” The messenger was a chatty soul and loved a bit of gossip dearly; beside the pot of ale warmed his heart; so that, settling himself in an easy corner of the inn bench, while the host leaned upon the doorway and the hostess stood with her hands beneath her apron, he unfolded his budget of news with great comfort.
So all turned their steps to the forest depths, where the Tinker was to live henceforth. For many a day he sang ballads to the band, until the famous Allan a Dale joined them, before whose sweet voice all others seemed as harsh as a raven’s; but of him we will learn hereafter. II. The Shooting-Match at Nottingham Town. THEN the Sheriff was very wroth because of this failure to take jolly Robin, for it came to his ears, as ill news always does, that the people laughed at him and made a jest of his thinking to serve a warrant upon such a one as the bold outlaw; and a man hates nothing so much as being made a jest of; so he said: “Our gracious Lord and Sovereign King himself shall know of this, and how his laws are perverted and despised by this band of rebel outlaws.
Claudius the God by Robert Graves