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Historians have for years been bringing out new books in which they claim to have found "the real Robin Hood," but his identity remains clouded. This is the only contemporary book to fully explore the mythology of Robin Hood rather than concentrating on the human identity of the famous outlaw. It ties Robin to the ancient archetype of the Green Man, the lore and legends of the Faery race, to the possible Eastern influence of the English Mummers’ plays, and suggests the real identities of several of the Merry Men.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445690773
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Matthews has produced more than 100 books on myth and was the historical advisor to the Jerry Bruckheimer movie King Arthur. Mark Ryan is an English actor who played Nazir in Robin of Sherwood and Gates in Black Sails. Richard Carpenter was an English television screenwriter, author, and actor who created Robin of Sherwood and Catweazle.

Table of Contents

Foreword Mark Ryan 7

Preface Richard Carpenter 9

Acknowledgements 11

'A Song of Sherwood' Alfred Noyes 13

Introduction: The Green Grove 16

1 Who Was Robin Hood? 20

2 The Green Dancers 42

3 The Face in the Leaves 61

4 The Games of Robin Hood 81

5 Maid Marian and the Flower Bride 103

6 Mummers, the Morris and the Merry Men 126

Envoi: In the Heart of the Forest 149

Afterword: The Green Woman Chesca Porter 154

The Song of the Green 159

Appendix 1 Gazetteer of Places Associated with Robin Hood and His Merry Men 160

Appendix 2 The Life of Robin Hood 171

Appendix 3 The Ballads of Robin Hood 181

Glossary of Antique Words 302

Bibliography and Resources 305

Index 312

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