Robin Hood and the Three Estates of Medieval Society

The legend of Robin Hood has been part of the English cultural landscape for over six centuries, evolving from the yeoman outlaw of the earliest surviving texts to the dispossessed nobleman that we recognise as his more recent incarnation.

REVIEW: The Ballad of Robin Hood

Over the holiday season, Southwark Playhouse is presenting their reinterpretation of The Ballad of Robin Hood.

5 Fun Facts About Robin Hood

Robin Hood has enthralled generations of readers and movie goers. This English outlaw-hero has become of symbol of freedom against tyranny, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. But who was Robin Hood? How much is grounded in myth and how much is reality?

The Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson

My book review of Robin Hood tale, Arrow of Sherwood by Lauren Johnson.

Robin Hood: A Legend in Text, Film and Popular Consciousness

All four films entirely reject the setting for the legend given by the early/scholarly tradition. All four are set firmly and unmistakably in or just after the reign of Richard I (1189-99), either during Richard’s absence on Crusade, or (Marian alone) just after his death at Chaluz.

Robin Hood: The Original Rebel With a Cause and Fundraising Mascot

By Danièle Cybulskie When we think about Robin Hood these days, we have him firmly placed in Sherwood Forest, outside of Nottingham, in the time of “Good King Richard” (Richard I, “The Lionheart”). This would put him in the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. The first written records of the Robin Hood legend don’t […]

“What do we do? Hop on a bus to medieval times?”:Medievalisms of Robin of Sherwood and Charmed

Three different medievalist narrative styles have been identified for the purposes of this volume, Medieval in Motion: modernist medievalism, post-modernist medievalism and neo-medievalism.

Shooting Arrows Through Myth and History: The Evolution of the Robin Hood Legend

This study begins with an examination of Robin Hood as he appeared in popular media from the fourteenth century through the twenty-first century.

Deception and Impersonation in the Robin Hood Tradition: A Comparison of Medieval and Nineteenth-century Approaches

The linked themes of deception and impersonation have played a key role in the literary tradition of Robin Hood since its medieval inception.

Robin Hood Comes of Age

While some Robin Hood books are clearly intended for young readers, others blur the boundaries, sometimes in ways we can applaud, since they help break down artificial boundaries dividing fiction for children from that for adults.

Robin Hood and the Crusades: When and Why Did the Longbowman of the People Mount Up Like a Lord?

This paper will discuss issues like these in light of the long-lasting Robin Hood tradition. But the most interesting question is simply where this idea of Robin on horseback came from, and where and why the crusades became involved.

Robin Hood: A Historiography

The oldest extant literary reference to Robin Hood is found in Piers Plowman when the ignorant priest Sloth confesses…

Dialectical Heroes: Robin Hood and King Arthur Across Time, Genre and Politics

Dialectical Heroes: Robin Hood and King Arthur Across Time, Genre and Politics By Stephen Knight Research Papers in the Humanities No.6 (2007) Introduction: Initial reflection on Robin Hood and King Arthur suggests that they fulfil the most opposite, even unrelated form of dialecticality. Robin represents resistance to bad authority, Arthur represents good authority under fatal […]

Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest and the Sheriff of Nottingham

This piece, as befits a journal of medieval studies, focuses on the earliest known versions of the stories of Robin Hood. It does not consider the manifestations of Robin Hood after the Reformation, let alone his resuscitation in Music Hall, Film and Television in the last century and more.

Robin Hood “Under the Greenwood Tree”: Peasants’ Revolt and the Making of a Medieval Legend

Robin Hood “Under the Greenwood Tree”: Peasants’ Revolt and the Making of a Medieval Legend By Danielle Sabatka Distinguished Senior Thesis, Pacific University, 2008 Introduction: England in the fourteenth century was in a transitional phase, experiencing social changes as a result of multiple factors, including an outbreak of the plague in 1348, the ongoing Hundred […]

The Origins of Robin Hood

The Origins of Robin Hood By R. H. Hilton Past and Present, Vol.14:1 (1958) Introduction: Thomas Becket, Henry II’s chancellor and later Archbishop of Canterbury, was an officially canonised saint, the most celebrated object of medieval English pilgrimage Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, a transplanted baron from the Ile de France, was popularly and […]

Robin Hood DVD released

The DVD and Blu-Ray versions of Robin Hood have been released. They contain the theatrical version of the film as well as an unrated version, which is approximately 15 minutes longer. Other extras on the film include twelve minutes’ worth of deleted scenes, with optional commentary and an introduction by editor Pietro Scalia; an hour-long documentary […]

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