Robin Hood

Paperback $17.95

Jan 21, 2014 | 80 Pages

Ebook $13.95

Jan 21, 2014 | 80 Pages

  • Paperback $17.95

    Jan 21, 2014 | 80 Pages

  • Ebook $13.95

    Jan 21, 2014 | 80 Pages


As part of Osprey’s new Myths and Legends series, Smith deconstructs the legend of Robin Hood, taking it back to its roots as a collection of 15th-century ballads and examining the fundamental elements. In crisp, concise, accessible language, he retells many of the most enduring Robin Hood stories from its formative periods—both the original A Gest of Robyn Hode, and later evolution in the 16th, 17th, even 19th centuries. Alongside the adventures of Robin, Little John, Will Scarlet and the rest, Smith adds historical and cultural details, placing them in context with the times and with the ongoing narrative as a whole; he even takes a stab at identifying the most likely candidates for the “real” Robin. As an introduction and thorough grounding to an enduring legend, this is perfect: it covers enough territory to familiarize any reader with the essential themes and components, while keeping it simple enough to appeal to any age group. Copious photos and art help to flesh things out. While Smith could have gone into more depth in the section concerning modern reinterpretations (though that might have proven prohibitively complicated); as it is, he hits the highlights of the cinematic legacy. Whether an entry point for new fans, or a leaping-off point for further research, this focus on Robin Hood is ideal. –Publishers Weekly

Table Of Contents


The Legend of Robin Hood
Robin Hood and the Knight
Robin Hood and the Potter
The Knight Pays His Debt
Robin Hood and the High Cellarer
Little John and the Sheriff
Robin Hood and the Archery Contest
The Rescue of Sir Richard of the Lea
Robin Hood and the King
Robin Hood at the King’s Court
Robin Hood and the Guy of Gisborne
Robin Hood and the Monk

The Myth of Robin Hood
Robin Hood and Little John
The Jolly Pinder of Wakefield
Robin Hood and the Curtal Friar
Robin Hood and the Bishop
Robin Hood and Allan-a-Dale
Robin Hood’s Golden Prize
Robin Hood and Queen Catherine
The Death of Robin Hood

Robin Hood’s World
Who was Robin Hood?
When was Robin Hood?
Where was Robin Hood?
The Merry Men
Robin Hood’s Enemies

The Modern Myth


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