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Robin Hood: A Collection of All the Ancient Poems, Songs and Ballads, Now Extant, Relative to That Celebrated English Outlaw

Robin Hood: A Collection of All the Ancient Poems, Songs and Ballads, Now Extant, Relative to That Celebrated English Outlaw (Hardback)

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The popularity and appeal of the English legendary hero Robin Hood has never waned since Elizabethan times. There has been much disagreement and conjecture about the true details of Robin Hood's life, but it is still common belief that there was a real Hood. Our knowledge is largely anecdotal, handed down through poems, songs and ballads going back to at least the fourteenth century where he is mentioned in Piers the Plowman . Regardless of his real existence, a large literature has built up around the myth of Robin Hood and his colleagues Little John, Maid Marian and Friar Tuck. Robin Hood personified the popular ideal. A redistributor of wealth, a worshipper of the Virgin Mary, a hater of abbots and monks, a great sportsman and incomparable archer, a lover of the forests, he was brave, adventurous, jocular and a protector of women. Joseph Ritson's greatest scholarship was on British ballads, and Robin Hood is perhaps his most exhaustive study. It includes works both minor and major such as A Lytell Geste of Robyn Hode , first printed in 1510.

Beautifully illustrated by the celebrated wood engraver Thomas Bewick, this edition is edited and printed from Ritson's own annotated edition of 1795.

Essays & WritingEssays & JournalismPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPopular beliefs & controversial knowledgeFolklore, myths & legends Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 13/03/1997 ISBN-13: 9780415153836  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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