Robin Hood

Robin Hood

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by Neil Smith, Peter Dennis
     
 

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He robbed from the rich to give to the poor, or so the legend goes. But who was the outlaw known as Robin Hood? How did his legend develop, and how has it changed over the passing centuries? This new title in the Osprey Myths and Legends series takes a detailed look at the famous outlaw, beginning with a retelling of the early ballads that established his stories.…  See more details below

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He robbed from the rich to give to the poor, or so the legend goes. But who was the outlaw known as Robin Hood? How did his legend develop, and how has it changed over the passing centuries? This new title in the Osprey Myths and Legends series takes a detailed look at the famous outlaw, beginning with a retelling of the early ballads that established his stories. From there, the book explores how the legend grew and how famous names such as Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian, and Alan-a-Dale became associated with Robin Hood. It also enters the perilous world of Robin Hood scholarship with a critical analysis of the case for a 'historical' Robin Hood and a review of the mostly likely candidates. A perfect primer for young and old alike, this book covers both the fact and the fiction of Britain's most famous outlaw.

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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:
9781472801272
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/20/2014
Series:
Myths and Legends , #7
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
689,134
File size:
25 MB
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Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Neil Smith works as a freelance writer near Oxford, England. He holds an undergraduate degree in Classics & Mediaeval History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a Masters Degree in History from the University of Georgia in the United States of America. Neil also earned his PhD in History from the University of Georgia in 2011. Neil's main interests are in military history and writing narrative history.
Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

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Robin Hood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
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.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
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 Overall Rating: 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sat gaurd in the den