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The Forestwife Trilogy: Vol 1-3
The Forestwife Trilogy: Vol 1-3
by Theresa Tomlinson
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 26 July 2004
There have been quite a few books in recent years focusing on Maid Marian. Theresa Tomlinson's portrayal is easily the best of them. She finds a new dynamic role for Marian that makes her more than a self-doubting romance novel heroine or simply a generic Merry Man. Her Marian is an interesting parallel to Robin Hood.
Marian and her friends (and family) make excellent role models for girls... and boys.
And don't let the young adult status prevent grown-ups from reading this book. It's better written than most "adult" Robin Hood books.

Robin Of Sherwood: The Complete Collection [DVD] [1984]
Robin Of Sherwood: The Complete Collection [DVD] [1984]
Dvd ~ Peter Llewellyn Williams

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Influential Robin Hood since Errol Flynn, 25 Jun 2004
I'm always amazed by how many North Americans remember this series. Mention Robin Hood, and this series almost always comes up in conversation - even though it only aired on PBS and obscure cable outlets in the US and Canada.
Certainly writers remember Robin of Sherwood, concepts and characters from this series have been reused and recycled by other movies (hello, Mr. Costner), TV series and novels. Upon seeing it, a friend of mine remarked "Oh, so this is what every version of Robin Hood in the last 20 years has been stealing from!"
Great writing (by Richard Carpenter, mostly, not Richard O'Brien who was only a guest baddie in a few third series episodes), great chemistry by the cast. It does look a bit 1980s-dated now, but the important elements have stood the test of time better than nearly anything from that era.
This series is deservedly remembered.

Robin Hood: The Green Lord of the Wildwood
Robin Hood: The Green Lord of the Wildwood
by John Matthews
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but untrustworthy...., 29 Mar 2004
A good book examining the mythic origins of the Robin Hood legend is needed. But this book isn't quite it. To be fair, Matthews knows the Robin Hood legend better than many mythicists. But the book is ilttered with inaccurate dates, and sometimes his arguments are based on those incorrect dates. It is a bigger problem than a few typos. I stopped counting at 20 errors. I find it harder to trust his opinion on subjects I don't know. It's a shame - a more carefully edited book would have been useful.

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