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Robin Hood by Stephen Thomas Knight
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Jun 18, 07

bookshelves: library, 2007, uk
Read in June, 2007

borrowed from widener library. scholarly and detailed. this book presupposes familiarity with not just the robin hood mythology, particularly with the older ballads, but also with english writers from around the 19th century onward. not really a good book to start out with, but interesting anyway. it breaks down the robin hood persona into four categories: yeoman outlaw, gentrified earl, esquire, and hollywood hero. towards the end, the discussion of genre literature is sort of patronizing. it's nice to bring up instances of robin hood in romance and fantasy novels, but not if you're just setting them up to mock them. overall, informative but not great.
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message 1: by Kate (new)

Kate i don't even think i know the older ballads. and that's like, my job. but i am not a britishist an anglosaxophile historian if you will. oh specialization. killing ALL OF OUR FUN.


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