Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Robin Hood: Medieval and Post-Medieval

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Robin Hood: Medieval and Post-Medieval

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Robin Hood: Medieval and Post-Medieval, ed. Helen Phillips (Dublin and Portland, Ore.: Four Courts Press, 2005). 197 pp. ISBN 1-85182-931-8. £50.00/euro55.00. This wide-ranging collection of twelve essays on the Robin Hood legends explores both medieval origins and contexts and the development of the tradition in the Renaissance period and beyond. A number of the essays are revisionist in emphasis. Following Helen Phillips's introduction, Douglas Gray surveys the ways in which the field of Robin Hood studies has developed since the publication of his article 'The Robin Hood poems' (1984), as well as offering some new, especially Scottish, material, and some new conclusions. Derek Pearsall challenges the monolithic aspect of 'Robin Hood studies' and the general notion of the 'good outlaw' in his consideration of the more brutal side of the legend in the medieval ballad Robin Hood and the Monk. Richard Firth Green considers the Gest of Robyn Hode in relation to a Derbyshire chronicle and an exemplary poem, to shed new light on the story of Robin Hood's death; Roy Pearcy also looks at the Gest, exploring the function and character of Robin Hood. The intersection of discourses and genres is a particular focus: David Hepworth probes the meeting of history and legend in the association of Robin Hood with Kirklees priory, and his supposed grave there; Thomas H. …

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