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 I, 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?
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.
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If you could sum up A Brief History of Robin Hood: The True History Behind the Legend in three words, what would they be?
Very well done
What other book might you compare A Brief History of Robin Hood: The True History Behind the Legend to and why?
The Legend of King Arthur
What does Eleanor David bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Reality. She helped make Robin Hood real. I thoroughly enjoyed that.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
The real story of Robin Hood