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234 × 156 mm
320 pages
20 illustrations
16 Mar 2020
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Storyworlds of Robin Hood The Origins of a Medieval Outlaw Lesley Coote

Robin Hood is one of the most enduring and well-known figures of English folklore. Yet who was he? Lesley Coote re-examines the early tales about Robin in light of the stories, both English and French, that surrounded them. In the process, she returns to questions such as ‘Where did Robin come from?’ and ‘What did these stories mean?’

The Robin who reveals himself is as spiritual as he is secular and as much an insider as he is an outlaw. And in the context of current debates about national identity and Britain’s relationship with the wider world, Robin emerges to be as European as he is English – or perhaps, as the author suggests, that is precisely the quality that made him fundamentally English all along.

‘Lesley Coote’s scholarly study of the storyworlds of the early Robin Hood tradition broadens our understanding of the interconnectivity of medieval outlaw tales, romance, the fabliau tradition, miracle of the virgin stories, trickster tales, and pastourelles.’ — Alexander L. Kaufman, Reed D. Voran Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Ball State University

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Lesley Coote is Lecturer in Medieval Studies and Medievalism at the University of Hull. She has published widely on the Middle Ages and is co-editor of Robin Hood in Outlaw/ed Spaces (2016) and Robin Hood and the Outlaw/ed Literary Canon (2018).

Introduction: Who Was Robin Hood?

1 Robin Hood and the Written Word
2 Robin Hood and the Printed Word
3 Robin Hood and ‘Maid’ Marian
4 Robin Hood and the Virgin Mary
5 Robin Hood and Romance Narratives
6 Robin Hood and Other Tricksters
7 Robin Hood and the Comic Tale
8 Robin Hood and the Medieval ‘Past’

Appendix: The Texts in Modern English Translation
Photo Acknowledgements