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Publishers Weekly
★ 01/20/2014
As part of Osprey’s new Myths and Legends series, Smith deconstructs the legend of Robin Hood, taking it back to its roots as a collection of 15th-century ballads and examining the fundamental elements. In crisp, concise, accessible language, he retells many of the most enduring Robin Hood stories from its formative periods—both the original A Gest of Robyn Hode, and later evolution in the 16th, 17th, even 19th centuries. Alongside the adventures of Robin, Little John, Will Scarlet and the rest, Smith adds historical and cultural details, placing them in context with the times and with the ongoing narrative as a whole; he even takes a stab at identifying the most likely candidates for the “real” Robin. As an introduction and thorough grounding to an enduring legend, this is perfect: it covers enough territory to familiarize any reader with the essential themes and components, while keeping it simple enough to appeal to any age group. Copious photos and art help to flesh things out. While Smith could have gone into more depth in the section concerning modern reinterpretations (though that might have proven prohibitively complicated); as it is, he hits the highlights of the cinematic legacy. Whether an entry point for new fans, or a leaping-off point for further research, this focus on Robin Hood is ideal. (Jan.)
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As part of Osprey’s new Myths and Legends series, Smith deconstructs the legend of Robin Hood, taking it back to its roots as a collection of 15th-century ballads and examining the fundamental elements. In crisp, concise, accessible language, he retells many of the most enduring Robin Hood stories from its formative periods—both the original A Gest of Robyn Hode, and later evolution in the 16th, 17th, even 19th centuries. Alongside the adventures of Robin, Little John, Will Scarlet and the rest, Smith adds historical and cultural details, placing them in context with the times and with the ongoing narrative as a whole; he even takes a stab at identifying the most likely candidates for the “real” Robin. As an introduction and thorough grounding to an enduring legend, this is perfect: it covers enough territory to familiarize any reader with the essential themes and components, while keeping it simple enough to appeal to any age group. Copious photos and art help to flesh things out. While Smith could have gone into more depth in the section concerning modern reinterpretations (though that might have proven prohibitively complicated); as it is, he hits the highlights of the cinematic legacy. Whether an entry point for new fans, or a leaping-off point for further research, this focus on Robin Hood is ideal. —Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472801258
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Series: Myths and Legends Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 499,422
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Ekina

    She sat gaurd in the den

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    A research ideal of the the legend and the story of Robin hood,

    A research ideal of the the legend and the story of Robin hood, looking at the number of inspired interpretation. From the story line of the legend, from its first writing, and those theorized that they were Robin hood. Looking at the Movies, and modern legends. But also each of the people involved with the story. Great pictures and details.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    Title: Robin Hood Author: Neil Smith Publisher: Ofsprey Publishi

    Title: Robin Hood
    Author: Neil Smith
    Publisher: Ofsprey Publishing , Liited
    Published: 1-21-2014
    ISBN-13: 9781472801272
    E-Book ASIN:
    Pages: 80
    Genre: Fictiction
    Tags: Myths and Legends
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    Most have heard the story of Robin Hood, but have you heard the real story behind the legend. The legend that was made into books and movies was based on the life of a real man. Not of the peerage, but rather a yeoman. Odes, ballads and folk lore abound to tell the tales of Robin Hood and Neil Smith has compiled the facts and myths to tell the true story of the man who stole from rich to give to the poor, his life and death. Mr. Smith goes on to tell the who was real and who was not among his merry men and their exploits.

    I found Neil Smith's account of Robin Hood both informative and fascinating. I was surprised at how much I learned about not only the times of Robin Hood, but also the man himself. Mr. Smith makes this history lesson a joy to read. It is a perfect way for young readers to enjoy a great book while learning. If we continue to have books like Robin Hood, Myths and Legends we will continue to encourage young readers to keep their love of reading for a lifetime. Something I have tried to do with all of my family members.

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