March 10, 2017
Mark Olly discusses his book The Life & Times of the Real Robyn Hoode, a detailed investigation of a character who represents resistance to powerful and corrupt authority the world over.
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Robin Hood is a heroic outlaw in English folklore who, according to legend, was a highly skilled archer and swordsman. Traditionally depicted as being dressed in Lincoln green, he is often portrayed as ‘robbing from the rich and giving to the poor’ alongside his band of Merry Men. He became a popular folk figure in the late-medieval period and continues to be widely represented in literature, film and television.
Delving deep into the history and archaeology of people and places, we attempt to separate fact from fiction in the possible or probable lives of Robin and the familiar cast of characters such as Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, Maid Marion, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and King Richard the Lionheart. Along the way we visit locations such as Sherwood Forest and the city of Nottingham, exploring the momentous change, conflict and power struggles of Medieval England. Although Robin’s true identity may never be known, the tale which emerges is every bit worthy of the high adventure and wild romance of a centuries old legend that lives on to this very day.