Cindy Title Moore
My criterion for these books is that it be concerned with the Robin
Hood legend in some way.I have three categories here: novelizations
(fiction), poetry, and non-fiction (eg, studies and research).There
are a good number of research and old-manuscript references listed
here that are probably unavailable except through a University-level
library.I have split the books up into the following categories:
I encourage you to send in any comments you have on a particular book
for inclusion.I'd like to be able to give a sense of what the book
offers.In addition, if you have references to books on Robin Hood
that are *not* listed here, please send them to me for inclusion.
- Medieval fiction: often published at any point in time, but
discussing texts from this period.I've arbitrarily put
everything pre 1600 in this section, although I realize this
isn't the "medieval" period.
- Fiction (1600-1899): involves any fiction published during this
time.If I have an 18th century commentary on a 15th century
work, that goes here. (If it's a 18th century republication of
something from prior to 1600, let me know and I will move it to
the above category.)
- Fiction (1900-present): includes all fictionalized accounts
published in this century.
- Poetry: includes all poetic versions of the Robin Hood legend,
regardless of when (first) published or written.
- Non-fiction and research: includes analyses of the Robin Hood
legend: how it started, what purpose it filled, etc. Some of the
texts that republish old work but include an analysis may have
been mistakenly filed in one of the fiction categories above; let
me know if this is the case.
Disclaimer: I have not vouched for the accuracy of each and every
entry in this list.I would like also to indicate which books are no
longer in print.If you find mistakes or have additional information
on a reference, by all means, let me know.
Thanks to: Ann Carlson, Dean Clamons, Matthew Clark, Aaron C. Clarke,
George T. Crafts, Dan'l Danehy-Oakes, Roger Gardiner, George M.
Jacobs, Michael Kelly, Larry Hammer, Tovah Hollander, Jane Lean,
Duncan MacGregor, John G. Norman, Robert Oliver, Emma Pease, Tirza van
Rijn, John C.Sluder, David Salley, Eric John Thiesen, and Elaine
Thompson for their contributions.
Changes are indicated with |'s.
Table of Contents:
- 1.Fiction (medieval)
- 2.Fiction (1600-1899)
- 3.Fiction (1900-present)
- 5.Non-fiction and research
- 1. Fiction (medieval)
- _The gallant achievements of Robin Hood : The famous history of Fryer
Bacon: the romance of Robert the Devil_ (Edinburgh : O. Schulze,
[1904?]).Early English prose romances.
- Childe, Francis._Ballads of England and Scotland_. Childe collected
a number of pre 1600 ballads, including ones about Robin Hood, into
this volume in the mid 1800's.He used earlier collections for his
- Clawson, William Hall, _The gest of Robin Hood_ (University of Toronto
- Gutch, John Mathew, ed., _A Lytell geste of Robyn Hode and his meiny_
(Reprinted from the edition edited by John Mathew Gutch, following the
Wynken de Worde and William Copland texts, by Edwin and Robert
Grabhorn for the Westgate Press ;...San Francisco, , 1847).
- 2. Fiction (1600-1899)
- _The Adventures of Robert, Earl of Huntingdon, commonly called Robin
Hood, the famous English archer : being a complete history of all the
merry adventures and valiant battles_ (Baltimore [Md.] : Printed and
sold by William Warner, 1812).
- _The History of Robin Hood.A new and correct edition_.(London : Printed
for the Booksellers, 1816).Juvenile.
- Dumas, Alexandre, Robin des bois.(Paris, Editions Baudelaire
- Egan, Pierce (the Younger), _Robin Hood and Little John : or, The
merry men of Sherwood forest_ (London: Foster and Hextall, 1840).
- Marsh, John B., _The life and adventures of Robin Hood_ (London, New
York, G. Routledge and sons [1865?]).
- Mills, Alfred, _Sherwood Forest, or, Robin Hood and Little John_
(London : Published by E. Wallis ..., [ca. 1825]).
- M. P. (Martin Parker), _A true tale of Robin Hood, or, A brief touch of
the life and death of that renowned outlaw, Robert, Earl of
Huntington, vulgarly called Robin Hood : who lived and dyed in A.D.
1198, being the 9th year of the reign..._([London] : Printed for J.
Clark, W. Thackeray, and T. Passinger, 1686).
- Muddock, J.E._Maid Marian and Robin Hood: A Romance of Old Sherwood
Forest_ With 12 illustrations by Stanley L. Wood Philadelphia:
J.B.Lippincott Company 1894.
- Pyle, Howard, _The merry adventures of Robin Hood : of great renown in
Nottinghamshire_ (New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1884, many
reprints).This is a classic rendition, most often recommended to
readers.A little "old fashioned" in its phrasing, it has a style and
flair all its own.
- Southey, Robert and Caroline Southey, _Robin Hood : a fragment_
London : Edinburgh : William Blackwood, 1847).
- Peacock, Thomas Love, _Maid Marian_ (London : T. Hookham, 1822, reprinted).
- Scott, Sir Walter, _Ivanhoe_.Robin Hood appears as a minor character
in this work.
- Seawell, Molly Elliot, _Maid Marian and other stories_ (New York :
- Waldron, F. G. (Francis Godolphin), ed., _The sad shepherd, or, A tale
of Robin Hood : a fragment_ (London : Printed for J. Nichols ... and
sold by C. Dilly, 1783).With a continuation, notes, and an appendix.
- 3. Fiction (1900-present)
- Bowman, Anne,_The boy foresters : a tale of the days of Robin Hood_
(London ; New York : G. Routledge, ).Juvenile fiction.
- Brown, Alice, _Robin Hood's barn.(New York, Macmillan, 1913).
- Bulfinch, Thomas, _The age of chivalry ; or, Legends of King Arthur_
- Carpenter, Richard, _Robin of Sherwood_, (Puffin Books. 1984. ISBN
- Carpenter, Richard and Robin May, _Robin of Sherwood
and the Hounds of Lucifer_, (Puffin Books. 1985. ISBN 0-14-031869-0);
- Carpenter, Richard and Anthony Horowitz, _Robin of Sherwood: The
Hooded Man_, (Puffin Books. 1986. ISBN 0-14-032058-X);
- Carpenter, Richard, _Robin of Sherwood: The Time of the Wolf_, (Puffin
1988. ISBN 0-14-032660-X).
- These four books are also collected in one volume, the omnibus: Carpenter,
Richard, with Robin May and Anthony Horowitz, _The Complete Adventures of Robin
of Sherwood_, (Puffin Books. 1990. ISBN 0-14-034450-0). The books to the
marvellous Robin of Sherwood TV series. 'A magical retelling of the legend of
Robin Hood'. Well written, great characters, gives a good impression of what it
must have been like in mediaeval times, the mysticism and sorcery fits in,
sense of humour.
- Chase, Nicholas._Locksley_.St. Martins/Marek, New York.1983.
ISBN 0-312-49428-9. A highly improbable and highly entertaining
retelling of the legend as it "might have actually happened."Good
- Creswick, Paul.N.C. Wyeth, illustrator._Robin Hood_.Charles
Scribner's Sons, New York.Reprint.Original copyright 1917, Wyeth,
1957. 1984.ISBN 0-684-18162-2. The illustrations alone make this
book worth getting.A nicely told version of the Robin Hood legend.
- Doherty, P. C._The Assassin in the Greenwood_ (1993?), is a telling
of the death of Robin Hood, and how an "under-sheriff" of Nottingham
masqueraded as Robin to discredit him.The book is interesting in
that it has a brief afterword by the author. In it, he claims that
Robin was not a contemporary of Richard I (and John), but of Edward I.
He suggests that Robin was a supporter of Simon de Montfort's revolt
against the king in the mid-13th century and fled to Sherwood forest
after the revolt failed.The plot is not that great, but the setting is
well-rendered (including the tendency to violence that was said to be
common in those days).
- Emery, Clayton, _Tales of Robin Hood_ (New York : Baen Pub
Enterprises; distributed by Simon & Schuster, 1988).
- Finnemore, John, _The story of Robin Hood and his merry men_ (London,
A. and C. Black, 1917).
- Fraser, Antonia, _Robin Hood_ (Illustrated by Rebecca Fraser.[1st
American ed.].New York, Knopf [c1971]).
- Goldberg, Moses, _The outlaw Robin Hood_ (New Orleans : Anchorage
- Goldman, James, _Robin and Marian_ (New York, Bantam Books, 1976).
The major portion of this book is Goldman's original screenplay for
the movie , which starred Audrey Hepburn (Maid
Marian), Sean Connery (Robin Hood), Robert Shaw (Sheriff of
Nottingham), Nicol Williamson (Little John), and Richard Harris (King
Richard).Also included in the volume are 3 short essays.'Where
Have All the Heroes Gone?' laments the lack of heroes with High
Principles and Noble Dreams, muses on heroes grown old--Ulysses, Ben
Hogan, Fritz Kreisler--and sets up his premises/questions: What
happened to Robin and Marian after they had grown old? (not
doddering, but fifty-something), and Why do some of the versions of
the myth have Marian killing Robin?.'What All the Singing Was
About' gives some historical background on the Robin Hood myth and
why it has survived some 700 years and still has the power to move
us.'Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Screenplays and Were
Afraid to Ask" is his insider's view of writing the screenplay,
selling it, and making the movie.
- Godwin, Parke._Sherwood_.Avon Books, New York.1992.ISBN
0-380-70995-3._Robin and the King_, 1993. Excellent, well
thought out story.Placed during the Norman invasion of 1066.
Unusual depth of characterization, you get a real fe