Rymes of Robyn Hood: An Introduction to the English Outlaw

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Sutton Pub., 1997 - Fiction - 332 pages
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Robin Hood, the medieval outlaw who has been represented as both common criminal and rustic hero, continues to fascinate and beguile the modern mind. In recent years historians and literary critics have begun to study the legend of Robin Hood, taking as their starting point the earliest known ballads from the 14th century and beyond. Thirteen of the surviving ballad texts are reproduced in this volume, with accompanying commentary and an additional selection of related poems and play extracts. Together they illustrate the development of the Robin Hood myth from his medieval portrayal as a common criminal to the romantic idealization of pre-industrial merry England in the nostalgia of the 19th century.

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This is an exceptionally thorough collection which includes virtually all the standard Robin Hood ballads, from the fifteenth century "Gest of Robin Hood' down through seventeenth and eighteenth ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Professor of Medieval History at the University of Cambridge.

He was formerly Reader in History at the University of Leeds.

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