Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unlike Ulysses or King Arthur, Robin Hood never became an epic hero but, according to Knight, he is the only mythic character who remains truly alive in the popular imagination. The outlaw myth abides even though its significance shifts dramatically with changes in time and place. Knight argues convincingly that the search for a historical Robin Hood is a ``delusory quest'' and focuses instead on the sociocultural permutations of the character. Common to all Robin Hood tales is rebellion against an authority perceived as improper, but depending on context, the version may pit gallant Saxon against tyrannical Norman, dispossessed nobleman against cruel usurper, religious reformer against corrupt cleric, neo-pastoral swain against urban capitalist, or even American democrat against Old World aristocrat. Knight's survey of the Robin Hood tradition (from brief 13th-century allusions to recent films featuring Kevin Costner and Mel Brooks) is meticulously thorough, and his attention to secondary sources is judicious. Knight intends his impressive scholarship to be accessible to nonacademic readers, but his usage (``agon,'' ``demotic'') may be daunting for some and strained conceits (``Robin Hood proved a rough diamond among the novelistic jewellers'') may also diminish the book's appeal. Illustrated. (Oct.)
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Knight (English, U. of Wales) shrugs off the search for the real Robin Hood, arguing that dozens, perhaps hundreds, of outlaws and fugitives throughout English history have taken or been given the name of the elusive, anti-authoritarian trickster from folklore. Instead he chronicles the historical and fictional accounts of Robin as his image evolves from a defender of the local against the national and the natural against the artificial into a gentrified apologist for whatever cause the writer is championing, finally including the hierarchical establishment he once battled and embarrassed. The coverage extends to recent books and movies in the 1990s. Appended is a list of all known references to Robin Hood, 1213-1600. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631172192
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Pages: 256

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Map
1 'Many Men Speak of Robin Hood': Versions of the Hero 1
1.1 The Structures of the Tradition 1
1.2 The Materials of the Tradition 6
2 'Robin Hood in Barnsdale Stood': Images of an Outlaw 11
2.1 Reality or Myth? 11
2.2 Discovering an Earl 16
2.3 Archives of an Outlaw 22
2.4 Locating Robin Hood 27
2.5 Chronicling a Hero 32
3 'Chief Governor Under the Greenwood Tree': Robin Hood in the Ballads 44
3.1 Materials and Approaches 44
3.2 Resisting Authority: the Earliest Ballads 52
3.3 Resisting Authority: the Later Ballads 60
3.4 A Gest of Robin Hood 70
3.5 Minor Heroic Ballads 81
3.6 Gentrification, Social and Religious 88
4 'A Brighter Gleam of True Nobility': Robin Hood in Performance 98
4.1 Plays and Games of Robin Hood 98
4.2 The Theatre of the Fifteen-Nineties 115
4.3 Gentrified Performance in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 134
5 'Undying Pastoral Liberty': Greenwood and Heritage in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries 153
5.1 Collecting the Texts 133
5.2 Developing a 'Greenwood' Poetry 158
5.3 Outlaws in the Novel 172
5.4 Robin Hood on the Victorian Stage 192
5.5 Heritage, Education and 'Georgian' Poetry 201
6 'We Saxons Just Aren't Going To Put Up With These Oppressions Much Longer': Robin Hood in the Modern World 218
6.1 The Early Film Tradition 218
6.2 From Hollywood to the Living Room 227
6.3 'The Hero That Lives In You All' 249
Appendix: References to Robin Hood up to 1600 262
References 289
Index 300
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2001

    What the Church didn't want you to know.

    Long before I found this book, I suspected theat Robin hood was a 2 piecer based on 1)A real outlaw & 2)a homosexual outcast. I even knew that originally there was no Maid Marrian & that when she was added she did nothing to little & even through marriage didn't sway Robin the other way. I think Robin had a thing for the sheriff, that's why he committed suicide after his death. It's nice to know that someone sees the same viewpoint & can take me deeper into it all.

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