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Robin Hood: The History and Folklore of the English Legend (English Edition) [Versión Kindle]

Charles River Editors

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*Includes pictures of important places and historic illustrations and art depicting the figures of the Robin Hood tales.
*Profiles the historic figures who scholars speculate may be the person Robin Hood was based on. .
*Explains the origins and evolution of Robin Hood. .
*Includes a Table of Contents.

“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. Like King Arthur, some have even sought a historical figure that might serve as the basis for Robin Hood, while others have sought out mythological origins to see if Robin Hood’s character evolved out of a mythological figure. When looking for the historical and mythical figure, scholars try to understand how the Robin Hood of these tales and came to be. What are the origins of Robin Hood and what can they tell people about the past? What is the historical basis for Robin Hood, if any?

Robin Hood: The History and Folklore of the English Legend comprehensively examines the history and stories behind the Robin Hood legend, tracing the history of the elusive figure and examining the changes that developed over time. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Robin hood like you never have before, in no time at all.

Detalles del producto

  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 1828 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 38
  • Números de página - ISBN de origen: 1492194573
  • Editor: Charles River Editors (29 de abril de 2013)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • Texto a voz: Activado
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  • Tipografía mejorada: Activado

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Amazon.com: 4.2 de un máximo de 5 estrellas  6 opiniones
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Very good book! 5 de junio de 2013
Por Amazon Customer - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading this book. Robin Hood has been a favorite for years, and finding out the history was wonderful. I recommend it for anyone who wants to know more about the background and history of Robin Hood.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Neat read 8 de septiembre de 2013
Por Jetpack - Publicado en Amazon.com
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At 813 locations, this is a short work on the folklore of Robin Hood. It does a nice job of laying out the legends, and possible ideas for the origin of Robin Hood, and how it has changed over the centuries. I learned much about Robin Hood, and how the myths have changed, and other myths merged into the Robin Hood mythos. Nicely done.

Picked it up while free.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Fascinating! 22 de mayo de 2015
Por DabOfDarkness - Publicado en Amazon.com
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The legends of Robin Hood arose in Medieval times and were carried forth in the Renaissance and modernized by Hollywood. This book takes us back to the earliest stories of Robin Hood, the changes the tales underwent in the Renaissance, and the enduring traits that have survived into modern retellings.

Here is another educational book from Charles River Editors. I had always assumed that Robin Hood was a fictional legend. However, there may indeed have been a man that the earliest stories were based on. It’s still debated in history circles. In addition, the earliest tales had a much more practical, gruff man at the center. He wasn’t the Lionheart loving, giving to poor hero that we all think of today.

In fact, many of the attributes that modern retellings include didn’t come about until the late Medieval, or early Renaissance time period. For instance, there were no Friars in Medieval England, so the character Friar Tuck obviously didn’t occur in the earliest tales. Also, the Renaissance Tudors felt the need to elevate Robin Hood and managed to ‘research’ a noble lineage for the man.

Indeed, this book was an eye opener for me. Granted, I had never really looked into Robin Hood’s history. I think this book would be great for other folks for have previously only had a passing interest.

The Narration: Once again, Jack Chekijian did a great job. I like that he has the right mix of excitement for the subject and professorial air to keep us all grounded.
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas "Robin Hood. A Folk Legend or did he really exist." 13 de mayo de 2015
Por Teresa - Publicado en Amazon.com
I loved this audiobook. For me, growing up AND when my kids were little, Robin Hood was just folklore and fairytale. But did Robin Hood really exist?

Sherwood Forest was created in 968 AD by local nobility and the Kings had lodges in the forest. The Sheriff of Nottingham was real and the locals formed the band of Merry Men. So who was Robin Hood?

Robin Hood was possibly someone who used the pseudonym from the name William Robyn Hode. He was considered an anti-hero and even a medieval Godfather. He was associated with Maid Marian and May Day. All the places and characters are there including the oak tree and the well. Much can be found from the early ballads.

I wonder if Robin Hood did indeed exist as a brotherhood since it was connected with monks and Friar Tuck and the idea carried on through the ages until it became folklore. Today it seems as if the name is connected to a theme. This was a really neat listen.

Jack Chekijian is one of my favorite narrators. I enjoyed the way he told this story from Charles Rivers Editors. This was a great listen and a perfect match for author and narrator.
3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Reads like a college thesis 28 de diciembre de 2013
Por Robert D. Long - Publicado en Amazon.com
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I received this as a gift. First, it is very short at only 38 pages long. It read like a college thesis more than an actual book. For some reason it also uses very small font (9pt?), making it hard to read since I do not have the greatest eyesight. The historical background and references are good, but I came away ultimately wanting more. I am not sure it is worth full retail, but it might be worth picking up if on sale.
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