Robin Hood

Robin Hood
Nick Rennison
Reviewed by Paul Begg
Pocket Essentials
Thu, 01/03/2012

Whether or not there ever was a real, historical Robin Hood is unknown and much debated.

Theories of his existence have been in debate for centuries and old documents have been plundered for names that might have been the real Robin Hood. The early stories have been surgically dissected for even the tiniest clues to when Robin may have lived, and the evidence has been scrutinised and assessed in many excellent books, notably among them J.C. Holt’s Robin Hood; but they can make for heavy reading, which is what makes Nick Rennison’s overview, from the origins of the legend through to modern movie interpretations, so very welcome. 

Rennison manages to pack a lot of very solid information into a slender book, moving easily in stages from an examination of the earliest stories and the question of whether there was an historical Hood, through the development of the story in literature and films to a look at the basis - historical and otherwise - for Robin’s associates and his enemies. All is delivered in an enviably easy style, both readable and engaging.
If you know nothing about the story of Robin Hood or want to know more about how the story has evolved over the centuries, this book is for you.

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