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Robin Hood and Other Outlaw Tales (Middle English Texts) [Paperback]

Stephen Thomas Knight

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  • Paperback: 723 pages
  • Publisher: Medieval Institute Publications; 2 edition (Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580440673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580440677
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.8 x 4.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 789,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas H. Ohlgren is Emeritus Professor of English and Medieval Studies at University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He received his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan in 1969 and has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Lilly Endowment, and the Humanities Center at Purdue University. He has published widely in the areas of Old English literature, Anglo-Saxon iconography, and the Robin Hood legend. His latest book, Robin Hood: The Early Poems, uncovers new information about the dates, places of origin, and owners of the earliest surviving manuscripts and printed books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Sherwood! (and Barnsdale) 9 May 2000
By Allen W. Wright - Published on
Do you know need a reason to buy this book? I can give you an excellent one -- it's called the Table of Contents. It lists 700 pages worth of Robin Hood ballads, plays and more. It has the earliest ballads and plays where Robin is merely a yeoman, the first play that casts him as the Earl of Huntington, and later ballads that give the "origins" of Little John, Maid Marian and Will Scarlet. Also, there's an introductory article on the history of the legend and complete introductions and notes to all the ballads and plays. The notes and introductions are by Stephen Knight and Thomas Ohlgren, two top Robin Hood scholars. If you want to read the original tales of the outlaw, or if you are teach a course in Robin Hood, this book is an excellent buy. Just treat it with care. I notice my cover is fraying somewhat.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Disney's Robin Hood 22 Mar 2006
By Lynnette - Published on
Before my professor pointed it out I hadn't really given much thought to where my knowledge of, and love for, the Robin Hood tales came from. Once I began to give it some thought, I realized it wasn't from books at all, it was from the Errol Flinn and Disney movies (such poor literary sources!). We all seem to know one or two Robin Hood tales, but Robin Hood is a much more complex character than those few tales would show.

I was also suprised to learn that no Robin Hood tales are included in the major anthology of English literature (Norton's), which seems odd to me, since the tales are classic English literature.

This collection of Robin Hood material is comprehensive, many stories I had never heard are here, and if you are looking to really learn about the literary sources for Robin Hood this is great (that is the publisher's purpose). This is not a children's storybook however. Much of the language is in the older forms of English, and even as an adult I sometimes wrestled with the language to understand it.

All that to say, that as a Robin Hood fan, I am thrilled with this book.
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