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Robin Hood (Hardback)

The Life & Legend of an Outlaw

British History P&S History Victorian Era 20th Century 18th Century 16th Century 15th Century

By Stephen Basdeo
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 154
ISBN: 9781526729811
Published: 30th May 2019

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Robin Hood is a national English icon. He is portrayed as a noble robber, who, along with his band of merry men, is said to have stolen from the rich and given to the poor. His story has been reimagined many times throughout the centuries. Readers will be introduced to some of the candidates who are thought to have been the real Robin Hood, before journeying into the fifteenth century and learning about the various ‘rymes of Robyn Hode’ that were in existence. This book then shows how Robin Hood was first cast as an earl in the sixteenth century, before discussing his portrayals as a brutish criminal in the eighteenth century. Then learn how Robin Hood became the epitome of an English gentleman in the Victorian era, before examining how he became an Americanised, populist hero fit for the silver screen during the twentieth century. Thus, this book will take readers on a journey through 800 years of English cultural and literary history by examining how the legend of Robin Hood has developed over time.

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About Stephen Basdeo

Stephen Basdeo researches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century medievalism. His other research interests include the history of crime. He is currently a lecturer at the Leeds Campus of Richmond American International University, and his personal website can be found at https://gesteofrobinhood.com/

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