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Storyworlds of Robin Hood

The Origins of a Medieval Outlaw

Lesley Coote



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Reaktion Books
01 April 2020
A fresh and exciting reappraisal of folklore outlaw Robin Hood.

Robin Hood is one of the most enduring and well-known figures of English folklore. Yet who was he? In this intriguing book, Lesley Coote re-examines the early tales about Robin in light of the stories, both English and French, that surrounded them - stories with which they shared many elements of form and meaning. In the process, she returns to questions such as `Where did Robin come from?' and `What did these stories mean?' The Robin who reveals himself is as spiritual as he is he is secular and as much an `insider' as he is an outlaw. And in the context of current debates about national identity and Britain's relationship with the wider world, Robin emerges to be as European as he is English - or perhaps, as the author suggests, that is precisely the quality which made him fundamentally English all along.
By:   Lesley Coote
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781789142327
ISBN 10:   1789142326
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: Who Was Robin Hood? 1 Robin Hood and the Written Word 2 Robin Hood and the Printed Word 3 Robin Hood and `Maid' Marian 4 Robin Hood and the Virgin Mary 5 Robin Hood and Romance Narratives 6 Robin Hood and Other Tricksters 7 Robin Hood and the Comic Tale 8 Robin Hood and the Medieval `Past' Appendix: The Texts in Modern English Translation References Bibliography Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements Index

Lesley Coote is Lecturer in Medieval Studies and Medievalism at the University of Hull. She has published widely on the Middle Ages and is co-editor of Robin Hood in Outlawed Spaces (2016) and Robin Hood and the Outlawed Literary Canon (2018).

Reviews for Storyworlds of Robin Hood: The Origins of a Medieval Outlaw

Coote's scholarly study of the storyworlds of the early Robin Hood tradition broadens our understanding of the interconnectivity of medieval outlaw tales, romance, the fabliau tradition, miracle of the Virgin stories, trickster tales, and pastourelles. --Alexander L. Kaufman, Reed D. Voran Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Ball State University

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