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Robin Hood by Stephen Thomas Knight
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Oct 05, 08

Read in October, 2008

Knight is probably the foremost Robin Hood authority in the world. His writing--and especially this text--is always clear and accessible. The "mythic biography" is just that--a biography of a character who exists in popular culture if not in reality. Knight takes readers from the earliest references to Robin Hood in medieval ballads, his gentrification in the Elizabethan period and his development in the 19th century to his various 20th century incarnations, all the while showing how this character has been a mirror for societal and political concerns. Although the scholarship of this text is solid enough to satisfy academics, the approach is reader-friendly enough for anyone interested in Robin Hood.
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