Monday, December 7, 2009

A-Z Wednesday "R" Robin Hood

It's that time of the week again A-Z Wednesday is hosted by Vicki at Reading on the Beach
In the many volumes of the British Dictionary of National Biography one figure enjoys a unique distinction: the article on Robin Hood is devoted entirely to arguing that he never existed. Now Professor James Holt, one of Britain's premier historians and author of the standard work on Magna Carta, unravels pure invention from real possibility and brings us closer than ever before to the significance - and- centuries-long appeal- of the Robin Hood legend. He roundly assesses the evidence for the historical "Robin Hood," but sees the origins of the tale as lying with the yeomen and hangers-on of the households of noblemen and gentry of the later Middle Ages, living in a society never far from violence and expressing through Robin Hood their love of adventure, their discontent and their readiness to idealize lawlessness. From there the tale was carried to tavern and market-place and beyond, sustaining Robin's popularity-in many different guises - to the present day.
J.C. Holt is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Cambridge and Master of Fitzwilliam College.

I haven't read this book yet, I bought it because I've always loved Robin Hood

in any format.

Photo of the book I own.


Anonymous said...

This is a great post!!! Great choice of book too!

Thanks for playing!

Beth said...

Great choice. He is such a dashing character! Here is my "R" book.

Snowbell said...

Great choice (loved men in tights too...)

Here's my R book

gautami tripathy said...

I am a sucker for Robin Hood books and movies!

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Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

"Robin Hood"! How great a hero he is, and so colorful.

Sounds like an interesting book.

BTW, I love your comments on the sidebar, about what the devil does when you wake up! LOL.

me again said...

What a great choice for R! And thanks for the videos....made me smile :-)

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