The Outlaws of Medieval Legend / Edition 3

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The popular heroes of the Middle Ages were semi-mythical figures. The Outlaws of Medieval Legend explores not only the famous Robin Hood and William Wallace, but also some now forgotten rogues such as Gamelyn and Fulke Fitzwarin.

Apart from William Wallace, the heroes of the outlaw legend were not men who played a leading role on the historical stage. Nevertheless, this book reveals how they were remembered in tradition for generations. This fascinating book explains the popularity of these figures and how the stories appealed to the common people of the Middle Ages. Keen also explores their origins, spirit and background.

In this reissue, the author provides a new introduction to set the book in the context of recent work on these exciting characters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415236508
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/16/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction: Some Recantations
I The Matter of the Greenwood 1
II The Story of Hereward 9
III The Historical Background of the Hereward Legend 23
IV The Romance of Fulk Fitzwarin 39
V The Romance of Eustace the Monk 53
VI William Wallace and the Scottish Outlaws 64
VII The Tale of Gamelyn 78
VIII The Robin Hood Ballads (I) 95
IX The Robin Hood Ballads (II) 116
X The Historical Background of the Robin Hood Ballads 128
XI The Outlaw Ballad as an Expression of Peasant Discontent 145
XII The Historicity of Robin Hood 174
XIII The Outlaw in History 191
XIV Conclusions 208
App. I The Supposed Mythological Origin of the Robin Hood Legend 219
App. II Sources and Bibliography 223
App. III Additional Bibliography 226
App. IV Robin Hood in Recent Historical Writing (1977-86): A Postscript 229
Index 236
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