Robin Hood.

Holt, J. C.

Picture of Robin Hood.
Professor Holt is a leading medieval historian and in this work he has written about a legend rather than a man: the legend began over 700 years ago, the man, if he ever existed at all, lived even earlier. He analyses the history against the legend in this scholarly investigation to try and discover the real Robin Hood.


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The legend of Robin Hood began more than 600 years ago. The man, if he existed at all, lived even earlier. In this definitive work described as the last word on Robin Hood, Professor Sir James Holt, one of Britains premier historians and author of the standard work on the Magna Carta, unravels pure invention from real possibility and offers the results of some thirty years of research. He assesses the evidence for the historical Robin Hood and finds that the tale originated with the yeomen and hangers-on of the households of noblemen and gentry in the later Middle Ages. Parts of the story that we now take for granted Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Robin as robber of the rich and giver to the poor, even Sherwood Forest played little or no part in the original tales, and were added as the centuries passed and the legends grew. The legend of Robin Hood has enthralled people from the first ballads to contemporary movies. Holt reconstructs the historical basis of the stories but never loses sight of the human imagination that sustained them. This edition includes new illustrations and The Gest of Robyn Hood, one of the oldest surviving tales.

Book Details

Author Holt, J. C.
Format PB
Publisher Thames & Hudson Ltd
Imprint Thames & Hudson Ltd
Number of Pages 266
Illustrations 26 illustrations, 15 in colour
Publish Date 1/03/2011
Catalogue Jul18
Catalogue book number 151