Reading Robin Hood explores and explains stories about the mythic outlaw, who from the middle ages to the present stands up for the values of natural law and true justice. This analysis of the whole sequence of the adventures of Robin Hood first explores the medieval tradition from early poems into the long-surviving sung ballads, and also two variant Robins: the Scottish version, here named Rabbie Hood, and gentrified Robin, the exiled Earl of Huntington, now partnered by Lady Marian. The nineteenth century re-imagined medieval Robin as modern - he loved nature, Marian, England, and the rights of the ordinary man - and in novels and especially films he has developed further, into an international figure of freedom, just as Marian's role has grown in a modern feminist context. The vigour of the Robin Hood myth still reproduces itself, constantly with new forms and new meanings.Über den Autor:
Stephen Knight is a Research Professor in English Literature at the University of Melbourne, Australia
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