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Robin Hood Research

It’s not just what I do for a living, but it is also my favorite legend! What a grand excuse to collect and read all manner of books pertaining to this most elusive character, and all his Merry Men! Eventually, all this information should be moved to my regular site, but it seems like a great place to drop it as I collect it.

I am also happily open to suggestions! Do drop a comment if you know of any good Robin Hood “source” material!

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  1. jonellfranz permalink*
    February 26, 2008 7:12 pm

    Lady of Sherwood, by Jennifer Roberson.

    Robin Hood isn’t just a great adventure story, but the tale has also created quite the romantic hero. In this sequel to Lady of the Forest, Maid Marian is the more central character (hence the title…). She truly comes into her own as a woman; her role as a leader, a fighter, and a devoted lover enhanced by the hardships she, Robin, and all the others are forced to endure.

    What I like about her is that, for all her independence, she is still confined by the politics and society of the age. There are limits to what she can achieve, and very real reasons behind those limits. Still, she manages to find success by working through them, using them to her advantage.

  2. jonellfranz permalink*
    February 26, 2008 7:12 pm

    Maid Marian by Elsa Watson.

    I got this from Shannyn, one of my fellow performers here on the circuit. The inscription inside read that she saw it and thought of me; fancy that!

    I found Watson’s interpretation of Marian rather intriguing. She is younger than I generally would expect, however necessary for her to be so considering how the concept of wardship and arranged political marriage influences much of the first half of the novel. Written in the first person, there is a lovely balance between Marian the “Warrior Maiden” and Marian the “Damsel in Distress”. She is a victim of the world she lives in, but refuses to stand by and do nothing once she realizes she has the power to do so.

    I also enjoyed seeing a Robin Hood who was not an Earl, not a lord returned from the Crusades. Instead he was as he originated: a man of the people. This adds a different viewpoint to the hero who so often fights first for justice for Richard’s throne and ideals.

    It is a simple, entertaining read touching on many aspects of the older tales with an ending unlike any I’ve ever heard before.

  3. jonellfranz permalink*
    March 7, 2008 4:30 pm

    Does meeting Disney’s Robin Hood at Epcot count as researching the character? Hm…

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