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Angus Donald: Robin Hood was a 'homicidal mugger'

15th July 2010

British novelist Angus Donald claims that his works contain a more realistic portrayal of Robin Hood than previous literary efforts.

Donald is currently writing a quintet of novels based on the adventures of the folk hero, starting with 2009's Outlaw and continued in the second instalment, Holy Warrior, which is published on July 22nd.

In an interview with Reuters, the author argued that the modern idea of the outlaw is a 'rather sanitised, whitewashed' version of the hero and said he wanted to create an 'authentic' Robin Hood in his series.

To research the novels, the writer studied medieval ballads and found that the character presented in works such as Robin Hood and the Monk, which was written around 1450, is much more violent than the modern interpretation.

'We would not recognise the do-gooding, thigh-slapping, quick-trading gentleman-archer we know from fiction. I think he would have been closer to a homicidal mugger,' Donald explained.

Writing on his official blog last month, Donald revealed that Holy Warrior sees the legendary archer become involved in the massacre of the Jews of York that took place in 1190.

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