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Robin Hood: Outlaw or Greenwood Myth

Fran Doel Geoff Doel

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HISTORY PRESS
20 September 2019
History; Medieval history; Folklore, myths & legends
First mentioned by William Langland in the late fourteenth century, Robin Hood comes down to us through ballads and folksongs, old chronicles and plays, medieval allusions, folklore and place-names. Today Robin Hood folksongs are found in the USA as well as in England and Scotland, and place-names and traditions are widely located in England. The earliest stories are centred on Barnsdale in Yorkshire, but later the emphasis shifts to Nottingham and Sherwood Forest. Originally a yeoman, Robin was upgraded to aristocrat in the sixteenth century, but he remains essentially a champion of the poor and oppressed and a social nonconformer. How far Robin Hood was based on a historical character and how far he is an archetypal outlaw or a Greenwood myth (who must withdraw from society and commune with nature) is the subject of the Doels' wide-ranging study. This new edition is complete with an updated gazetteer of Robin Hood sites and an annotated filmography. It includes almost 50 illustrations (including performances by present-day mummers). AUTHOR: Fran and Geoff are university lecturers who have published more than 15 books on local history and folklore. They live in Kent. 40 b/w illustrations
By:   Fran Doel, Geoff Doel
Imprint:   HISTORY PRESS
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780750991407
ISBN 10:   0750991402
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   20 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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