Who was Robin Hood? Throughout history the figures of the hooded man of Sherwood Forest and his band of outlaws have transfixed readers, listeners, and viewers; but where does the myth come from?
The story appeared out of the legend of the Green man, but found its location during the reign of Richard II, the Lionheart, who was away from England fighting in the crusades. In his absence, his brother John laid waste to the country.
But does this tell the full story? Was Robin a bandit prince ahead of a troop of brigands? Who was the Sherriff and was he in fact the legitimate law in the land fighting vigilantes?
©2012 Nigel Cawthorne (P)2012 Audible Ltd
This is a good book, and it was well read. It does lean more to the scholarly side that the action, adventure so be warned. Nigel Cawthowne does a great job exploring both the origins of the legend of Robin Hood and looking at how the legend has changed over time. While he doesn't pin down the “real” Robin Hood, I did find it interesting to find out how many parts of the legend can be tied to historical events and people.
This was a very interesting summary of the various strands to the Robin Hood legend.
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