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"Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men Feared by the bad, loved by the good Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood." - Theme Song from The Adventures of Robin Hood
There are few characters in the English language more iconic than Robin Hood. Emerging out of the ballads of the High Middle Ages and surviving through numerous permutations to the present day, the green-clad archer has become an icon. Today he represents a playful, irreverent, and cunning resistance to corruption and injustice, associated primarily with stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Robin Hood's selfless acts of helping the masses at the expense of himself (by not keeping his treasure) have led to contemporary figures like Bill Gates being called "Modern Day Robin Hoods". And when a British man robbed a bank in 2013 and handed out the money to homeless people before he was arrested and imprisoned, the name Robin Hood was naturally in the news once more.
Robin Hood is a celebrated folk hero and a kind of good thief, but the earliest stories about Robin Hood depict a far different character. The first Robin Hood was often a brutal and selfish yet also honorable figure, an anti-hero loved (perhaps paradoxically) by many social classes and loathed by authorities. When the notorious Gunpowder Plot was discovered at the beginning of the 17th century, the Earl of Salisbury condemned Guy Fawkes and the conspirators for being "Robin Hoods".
The transformation of Robin Hood over the centuries has left many scholars attempting to find the origins behind the original story.
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By Jan on 05-12-15
Scholarly examination of ballad to Disney & beyond
One hour scholarly examination of the variations and transformations of the tale known as Robin Hood from the high middle ages to present day with nods given to Sir Walter Scott, Douglas Fairbanks, and later movies. Was he real? Was ANY version based in truth? Listen and learn.
JC has a pleasant voice quality, inflection, and cadence and saves such scholarly work from becoming a boring lecture.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Terri on 07-01-15
Robin Hood, the folklore and history...
I received this book as a gift in exchange for a honest and unbiased review. This book explores the differences in the legends of Robin Hood and how we portrayed him through out the years. Even in movies Robin Hood has been portrayed in many different ways. While this book isn't the super exciting blockbuster, it is interesting enough to keep my attention. Sometimes history and behaviors really fascinate me.
The author, Charles River Editors did a fine job in their research. The material is original and changes as our world changes (our folklore changes with time too). The narrator, Jack Chekijian did a good job narrating this book and has a well developed voice for narrations.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By david on 01-15-17
quite an interesting listen...only let down by a very stilted reading, it really needs to be more relaxed and personal, rather than just reading the words off the page.
that said, it is an interesting book, covering the history of the Robin Hood myth and it's development over the centuries.