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Mark Olly – The Life & Times of the Real Robyn Hoode

March 10, 2017

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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.

Previous interviews with Mark Olly:
Revealing the Green Man
The Disappearing Ninth Legion

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Mark Olly – The Disappearing Ninth Legion

January 14, 2017

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Mark Olly discusses his book The Disappearing Ninth Legion. At its height, the Roman Empire dominated five million square kilometres and over twenty per cent of the entire population of the Earth, conquered by its vast army, whose prowess in battle is the stuff of legend. Amid the triumph, however, there was of course tragedy, and sometimes curious conjunctions of both. Perhaps the most notorious is the tale of the Ninth Legion, a once proud fighting force among the very best the Empire deployed, who enjoyed victory after glorious victory across centuries before disappearing without trace. The theories about their vanishing are legion themselves, but none thus far has unearthed their fate. In The Disappearing Ninth Legion, Mark Olly traces their history and tests the theories in an effort to shed light on just what may have befallen them.

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