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The Legend of Robin Hood

1917 cover for 'Robin Hood' novel illustrated by N.C. Wyeth [1882-1945]             The Story
Historical Events & Legends

non-fiction books & video


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movies & TV
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stageplays, other media

cast of characters

image gallery


             painting of Robin Hood defending Maid Marian (from 1924 movie promos?)

Robin Hood and the Merry Men of Sherwood Forest may never have existed, but the legend that arose in the XIVth Century is a persistent one,
as is the concept of 'robbing from the rich and giving to the poor' {i.e. paying the taxes of the oppressed peasants}.

"Robin Hood represents natural justice, and his association with nature helps that."  — Stephen T. Knight

"Rise and rise again until lambs become lions." ~~ Robin Hood

The  Legend  of  Robin  Hood

The basic story of Robin Hood has numerous variations, but the root is that Robert/Robyn/Robin is somehow wronged by the king's men and declared an outlaw. He finds refuge in Barnsdale Forest or Sherwood Forest and seeks revenge on the usurper Bad Prince John by robbing wealthy travelers or convoys of taxmen. Robin earns the enmity of the Sheriff of Nottingham for his lawlessness; he earns the admiration of the peasants because he gives away his spoils to pay the taxes of the oppressed poor. He woos Maid Marian, who acts as a spy within the aristocracy. The men who join his Merry Band include various yeomen and farmers, clerics (Friar Tuck), and the roving minstrel Alan-a-Dale. The basic story ends when King Richard returns from the Crusades and deposes his corrupt brother Prince John and then pardons Robin for defending the true king's interests.

Historical  Events  &  Legends

The historic Richard Plantagenet was born in 1157 and succeeded his father as King of England in July 1189; Richard was captured in December 1192 during his return from the Third Crusade and ransomed and released in February 1194. During his ten-year reign, he spent only six months in England, and never learned the language. He was killed in France in March 1199 and succeeded by his brother John. The dissatisfied northern nobles forced King John to sign the Magna Carta in June 1215; John died of dysentery in October 1216.

The oldest-known mention of the outlaw Robin Hood is in the XVth-century ballad "A Gest of Robyn Hode" [Child Ballad 117; circa 1450]. The 'Gest' is source for many of the familiar features of the Robin Hood story, tho it has Robin living in Barnsdale Forest rather then Sherwood Forest. Many of the basic characters - Little John, Will Scarlet, Mutch the Miller’s Son - first appeared in this anonymous poem. The 'Gest' refers to ‘King Edward’, not Richard or John, and this puts Robin Hood later in English history, some time after 1272 when Edward I ascended the throne. • entry at Wikipedia

"Robin Hood and The Monk" [Child Ballad 119; circa 1450] entry at Wikipedia
"Robin Hood and The Potter" [Child Ballad 121; circa 1450] entry at Wikipedia

The idea of Robin being an outlawed nobleman, Robin of Locksley, derives from Sir Walter Scott’s celebrated medieval romance "Ivanhoe", published in 1820.
Alexander Dumas produced a two-volume French-language version, dates unclear {1863, 1872, 1874}.
"Child's English & Scottish Ballads" was published in ten volumes from 1882-98. Howard Pyle [1853-1911] wrote & illustrated the classic "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood", published in 1883. Paul Creswick [1866-1947] wrote "The Adventures of Robin Hood: An English Legend" [1917 novel] which was beautifully illustrated by N.C. Wyeth [1882-1945].
Since then, the Robin Hood legend has mostly been kept alive by motion pictures and television, as well as new romance novels and historical fiction.

official flag of Nottinghamshire in England
The City of Nottingham and surrounding towns rely on the Robin Hood legend for tourism dollars.

'Robin Hood and The Merry Men of Sherwood Forest' entry at Wikipedia

Non-Fiction  Books  &  Video

Feudal Kingdom of England book by Frank Barlow  "The Feudal Kingdom of England, 1042–1216" [orig 1955]
by Frank Barlow

Longman Publng 9x6 5th edition pb [4/99] out of print/used
Longman Publng 8¾x5¾ 4th edition pb [9/88] out of print/used
Longmans, Green 4th edition hardcover [6/88] out of print/used
Robin Hood book by James C. Holt  "Robin Hood: People's Hero or Lawless Marauder?" [1982]
by Prof. Sir James C. Holt [1922-2014]

"Who was the 'real' Robin Hood – or was there none? And how did the legends
of a violent era become the romantic tales of today?"

Thames & Hudson 3rd Edition 9x6 pb [6/2011] for $24.95
Folio Society 9½x6¼ hardcover [2010] out of print/used
Thames & Hudson 8¼x5½ hardcover [5/82] out of print/80+ used
Thames & Hudson 8¼x5½ hardcover [5/82] out of print/used
Robin Hood The Outlaw book by Stephen Knight  
"Robin Hood: A Complete Study of The English Outlaw" [1994] by Stephen Knight
Wiley-Blackwell 9x6 pb [12/94] out of print/used
Blackwell Publng 9¼x6¼ hardcover [10/94] out of print/used
Myth and National Identity book by Stephanie Barczewski  "Myth and National Identity In Nineteenth-Century Britain:
The Legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood" [2000]
by Stephanie Barczewski

Oxford Univ Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [4/2000] for $150.00
Robin Hood Mythic Biography book by Stephen T. Knight  "Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography" [2003] by Stephen Knight
Somewhat scholarly work that examines the four basic periods of the Robin Hood outlaw myth.
Cornell Univ Press 8½x5½ pb [10/2009] for $15.91
Cornell Univ Press 8½x5½ pb [10/2009] out of print/50+ used
Cornell Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [5/2003] out of print/used
Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England book by Ian Mortimer  "The Time Traveller's Guide To Medieval England: A Handbook For Visitors To The Fourteenth Century" [2008] by Ian Mortimer
The legend of Robin Hood takes place in the late XIIth Century, but neither the public nor stage & movie costume designers much care for accuracy. This book is about life in the later XIVth Century, but the images will be familiar to Robin Hood & King John fans.
Kindle Edition from Touchstone/Simon & Schuster Digital Sales [12/2009] for $13.99
Touchstone 9¼x6 pb [10/2011] for $13.23
Bodley Head 9½x6½ hardcover [10/2008] out of print/used

F i c t i o n
search books on keywords 'Robin Hood' at Amazon

'Maid Marian' 1822 novel by Thomas Love Peacock  "Maid Marian" [1822 novella] by Thomas Love Peacock [1785-1866]
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [5/2012] for FREE {sic}
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [1891 facsimile] for $2.99
CreateSpace 9x6 pb [8/2014] for $5.50
Andesite Press 9¼x6 hardcover [8/2015] for $23.95
BiblioLife 9¼x6 hardcover [8/2008] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipedia
'Robin Hood & Little John' 1838 book by Pierce Egan  "Robin Hood and Little John" [W.S. Johnson, 1838] by Pierce Egan (The Younger)
said to be the basis for the two-book French-language version by Alexandre Dumas [1802-70]
published in 1872 & 1874
Rare Books Club 9¾x7½ pb [5/2012] for $36.56
Routledge edition Edited by Stephen Knight, with Introduction by Joanne Parker
Routledge 8½x5¾ hardcover [9/2005] overpriced
Routledge hardcover [9/2005] out of print/used
Le Prince des Voleurs / Prince of Thieves book by Alexandre Dumas  "Le Prince des Voleurs (The Prince of Thieves)" [1872]
by Alexandre Dumas [1802-70], Translated by Alfred Allinson [1852-1929] in 1904

Kindle Edition from Reginetta Press [1/2013] for $3.99 {sic}
Robin Hood le Proscrit / Robin Hood The Outlaw book by Alexandre Dumas  "Robin Hood The Outlaw (Robin Hood le Proscrit)" [1874]
by Alexandre Dumas [1802-70], Translated by Alfred Allinson [1852-1929] in 1904

Kindle Edition from Reginetta Press [12/2014] for $3.99 {sic}
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [9/2014] for $4.99
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood book by Howard Pyle  "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, of Great Renown In Nottinghamshire"
[1883 classic] Written & illustrated by Howard Pyle [1853-1911]

Young Robin of Locksley is attacked by one of Prince John's men and Robin kills him in self-defense, which makes him an outlaw; Robin is soon surrounded by other outcasts who make sport of the authorities from their hideout in Sherwood Forest.
Kindle Edition from Northpointe Classics [2/2003] for 99¢ {sic}
Kindle Edition from Jaico Publng House [4/2013] for $2.17 {sic}
Book Jungle 9x7½ pb [7/2008] for $16.15
Sterling 8¼x6½ hardcover [10/2004] for $9.95
available as free online etexts at Project Gutenberg
In Lincoln Green / a merrie tale of Robin Hood book by Edward Gilliat & Ralph Cleaver  
"In Lincoln Green: A Merrie Tale of Robin Hood" [Seeley & Co., Ltd. 1897]
by Rev. Edward Gilliat, Illustrated by Ralph Cleaver

Adamant Media Corp. 8¼x5¼ facsimile edition pb [6/2004] for $26.99
Young Robin Hood story by George Manville Fenn   "Young Robin Hood" [ages 9 & up; 1899] by George Manville Fenn [1839-1909]
A boy traveling thru Sherwood Forest is captured by men dressed in green clothing (his companions scatter); the boy is treated kindly by Robin Hood and Maid Marian and especially by Little John, but he can't help wondering when he will be rescued by his father, the Sheriff of Nottingham . . .
author entry at Wikipedia
52-page (text only?) Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [5/2012] for FREE {sic}
54-page (text only?) Kindle Edition from Heraklion Press [6/2014] for 99¢
44-page CreateSpace 9x6 pb [7/2013] for $5.98
the versions below include original 1899 illustrations by Victor Venner
148-page Salem Ridge Press 8½x5½ pb [5/2008] for $10.95
148-page Salem Ridge Press 8½x5½ hardcover [5/2008] for $20.95

Ballads of Robin Hood and Other Outlaws 1912 book by Frank Sidgwick   "Ballads of Robin Hood and Other Outlaws (Popular Ballads of The Olden Times, Volume 4)" [1912] Edited by Frank Sidgwick [1879-1939]
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [5/2012] for FREE {sic}
F.Q. Books 11x8½ pb [7/2010] for $9.99

available as free online etexts at Project Gutenberg

Bold Robin Hood & His Outlaw Band children's novel by Louis Rhead  "Bold Robin Hood and His Outlaw Band: Their Famous Exploits In Sherwood Forest" [1912] Penned and Pictured by Louis Rhead
Nabu Press 9¾x7½ pb [10/2013] for $29.75
Nabu Press 9¾x7½ pb [8/2010] for $29.75
Henry Holt & Co. Little Classics 6x4¾ hardcover [9/95] out of print/used
Children's Classics deluxe edition 9½x8 hardcover [10/88] out of print/70+ used
'Adventures of Robin Hood' book by Paul Creswick & N.C. Wyeth  "The Adventures of Robin Hood: An English Legend" [1917]
by Paul Creswick [1866-1947], Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth [1882-1945],
Afterword by Sir James C. Holt [1922-2014]

Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [5/2012] for FREE {sic}
Kessinger Publng 9x6 pb [9/2010] for $27.16
Scribner Classics 9x7 hardcover [7/2015] for $17.48
Atheneum BFYR 11½x9¾ hardcover [10/2003] for $18.47
Reader's Digest Assn. 9x6 hardcover [1991] out of print/150+ used
Tales of Robin Hood 1930 book edited by Enid Blyton  
"Tales of Robin Hood" [1930] Edited by Enid Blyton [1897-1968]
published by George Newnes as part of John O'London's Children's Library;
not found on Amazon: very scarce
'Son of Robin Hood in Nottingham' novel by Paul A. Castleton  "Son of Robin Hood In Nottingham" [1942] by Paul A. Castleton
Book adapted as the Technicolor™ feature film "The Bandit of Sherwood Forest" [1946]
Cupples & Leon Co., NYC hardcover [1942] out of print/scarce
Robin Hood Book by Enid Blyton, Debbie Ryder & Joyce Johnson  "Enid Blyton's Robin Hood Book" [1949]
by Enid Blyton [1897-1968], Illustrated by Joyce Johnson or by Debbie Ryder

Element Books, Ltd. 7¾x5½ pb [9/98] out of print/used
Latimer House hardcover [1949] out of print/used
The 13 chapter titles are: "How Robin Hood Became An Outlaw"; "How Robin Met Little John"; "How Robin Hood Turned Butcher"; "How Robin Hood Met Will Scarlet"; "The Wedding of Allen-a-Dale"; "Robin Hood and The Bishop"; "How The Bishop Hunted Robin Hood"; "Robin Hood and Maid Marian"; "The Golden Arrow"; "The Shooting-Match"; "Robin Hood and The Tinker of Banbury"; "How King Richard Came To The Greenwood"; and "The Death of Robin Hood"
Tales of Brave Adventure book by Enid Blyton  
"Tales of Brave Adventure" [1963] Retold by Enid Blyton [1897-1968]
13 stories about Robin Hood, 14 stories about King Arthur
Hamlyn Young Books 7¼x5¼ hardcover [10/90] out of print/many used
Outlaw, true story of Robin Hood book by Michael Morpurgo  "Outlaw: The True Story of Robin Hood" [1964] by Michael Morpurgo
HarperCollins Children's Books 7¾x5 pb [3/2012] out of print/many used
HarperCollins Children's Books 7¾x5 pb [3/2012] out of print/used
HarperCollins Children's Books pb [3/64] out of print/used
Tales of Robin Hood book by Clayton Emery  "Robin Hood and The Beasts of Sherwood" [orig 1988, re-issued 2002]
by Clayton Emery

iUniverse 9x6 pb [1/2002] for $18.95
"Tales of Robin Hood: A New Telling of The Legend of Sherwood" [1988]
by Clayton Emery

Baen Books pb [4/88] out of print/50+ used
The Outlaws of Sherwood YA novel by Robin McKinley  "The Outlaws of Sherwood" [grades 9-12; 1988]
by Robin McKinley

Firebird 7¾x5 pb [5/2002] for $7.99
Ace Trade 8¼x5¼ pb [10/2005] for $11.20
HarperCollins 9¼x6¼ hardcover [10/88] out of print/used
'Robin Hood' and 'Robin Hood & Little John' books by Rosie Earnshaw  "Robin Hood" [1989] Story by Rosie Earnshaw, Pictures by Ruth Colley & Rosie
Two books written by a child; still selling to tourists in Nottingham-area gift shops
Rosemary E.Smith 8x5½ pb [8/89] import/used
"Robin Hood & Little John" [2007] by Rosie Earnshaw
Rosemary E.Smith 8x5½ pb [4/2007] import/used
Sheriff of Nottingham novel by Richard Kluger  "The Sheriff of Nottingham: A Novel" [1992] by Richard Kluger
Revisionist tale of French-born Philip Mark who is appointed to the post of Sheriff at Nottingham; XIIth Century England is viciuosly corrupt, from the king down, and this scrupulously upright man is torn between duty and conscience in rooting out all corruption.
Penguin Books 7x5 pb [2/1993] out of print/used
Viking Adult hardcover [2/1992] out of print/80+ used
'Lady of The Forest' novel by Jennifer Roberson  "Lady of The Forest: A Novel of Sherwood" [1992] by Jennifer Roberson
The gentry around XIIth Century Nottingham are all trying to marry their sons and daughters off for political advantage, but Robin of Locksley and Marian of Ravenskeep have other ideas . . .
Kindle Edition from Kensington [5/2013] for $9.99
Kensington 8¼x5½ pb [5/2013] for $11.00
Kensington 8¼x5½ pb [8/2000] out of print/40+ used
Zebra mass pb [9/93] out of print/50+ used
Zebra 9½xc6¾ hardcover [9/92] out of print/60+ used
Robin Hood According to Spike Milligan book by Spike Milligan  "Robin Hood According To Spike Milligan" [1998] by Spike Milligan
Robin Hood and his merry men hang out at McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken while Robin woos Maid Marian and battles Guy Gisborne . . .
Virgin Books mass pb [9/2012] out of print/used
Ted Smart mass pb [2003] out of print/used
Virgin Books 8¾x5½ hardcover [9/98] out of print/many used
'Lady of Sherwood' novel by Jennifer Roberson  "Lady of Sherwood" [1999] by Jennifer Roberson
Robin and his men were pardoned by King Richard and are living peacefully at Lady Marian's Ravenskeep estate. News arrives of King Richard's death in France, once again putting them at risk of capture by the new King John and by the treacherous Sheriff of Nottingham.
Kindle Edition from Kensington [6/2013] for $9.99
Kensington 9x6 pb [6/2013] for $10.60
Kensington 9x6 pb [8/2000] out of print/50+ used
Kensington 9¼x6 hardcover [11/99] out of print/50+ used
Maid Marian novel by Elsa Watson  "Maid Marian: A Novel" [2004] by Elsa Watson
Marian was an orphan of aristocracy, married at age five, widowed at age 17 and made a ward of the crown; but since King Richard was off to the Crusades, Marian's future was to be decided by the dowager queen Eleanor of Aquitaine . . .
Kindle Edition from Crown/Random House [2004 edition] for $9.99
Three Rivers Press 8x5½ pb [3/2005] out of print/many used
Three Rivers Press 8x5½ pb [3/2005] out of print/50+ used
Crown 9½x6½ hardcover [4/2004] out of print/40+ used
Classic Starts Adventures of Robin Hood book edited by John Burrows  "The Adventures of Robin Hood (Classic Starts Series): Retold From The Howard Pyle Original" [ages 7 & up; 2005] Edited by John Burrows, illustrated by Lucy Corvino
Short tales of Robin Hood and his men rewritten with the intention of getting youngsters excited about reading books
Sterling 7¾x5¾ hardcover [3/2005] for $5.95
Robinhood Bengali-language book by Hemendra Kumar Roy  "Robinhood" aka "Rabin Hood" [2008] by Hemendra Kumar Roy [1888-1963]
original date of publn unknown; Bengali-language bestseller
Patra Bharati hardcover [2013] import/scarce
Mandrake & Murder Robin & Marian mystery stories by Clayton Emery  "Mandrake and Murder: The Robin & Marian Mysteries" [2009] by Clayton Emery
twelve lively stories of Robin and Marian as XIIth Century detectives
Merry Man Publng 8x5¼ pb [4/2009] out of print/used
Muppet Robin Hood graphic novel by Tim Beedle & Armand Villavert  "Muppet Robin Hood" graphic novel [ages 8-12; 2009]
by Tim Beedle, Illustrated by Armand Villavert, Jr.

Robin Hood (Kermit) joins with Sherwood Forest’s infamous Merry Men to take on the stuffy Sheriff of Muppetham (Sam the Eagle) and the wicked Gonzo of Gisbourne
BOOM! Studios 9x6¼ pb [11/2009] out of print/used
BOOM! Studios 9½x6¼ pb [11/2009] out of print/used
more such on 'The Muppets' Page at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store
Hawksmaid, Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian novel by Kathryn Lasky  "Hawksmaid: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian" [grades 5-8; 2010]
by Kathryn Lasky

Kindle Edition from HarperCollins [5/2010] for $4.99
HarperCollins 7¾x5 pb [5/2011] for $6.99
HarperCollins 8¼x5½ hardcover [5/2010] for $16.99
HarperCollins hardcover [5/2010] out of print/60+ used
Robyn Hood / A Girl's Tale novel in Kindle format by K.M. Shea  "Robyn Hood: A Girl's Tale" [2013] by K.M. Shea
'The ballads lie.' Robyn Hood is a girl, forced to lead a group of Merry Men in the forest of Sherwood; they rob to stay alive, and their heists get grander when Little John and Will Scarlet join the team; and then idiot Prince John brings a legion of soldiers to Nottingham . . .
Kindle Edition from Take Out The Trash [2/2013] for $99¢ {sic}
Robyn Hood / Fight For Freedom novel in Kindle format by K.M. Shea  "Robyn Hood: Fight For Freedom" [2013] by K.M. Shea
'The ballads lie.' Robyn Hood is a girl and easily masks her identity inside King John's court at Nottingham; but Little John and Will Scarlet find her and are captured by the Sheriff, who intends to hang them . . .
Kindle Edition from Take Out The Trash [3/2013] for $99¢ {sic}
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A British series of comic books from the Aldine Robin Hood Library sold for a penny or 1½ or 2 pence starting in 1919;
so far three issues are available as Kindle Editions.

"Robin Hood To The Rescue" [#2 = 4/1919]

"The Fighting Friar of Sherwood" [#3]

"The Battle of The Giants" #6

"Twixt Axe and Freedom" [#7 = ]

"The Red Fox of Tirlstone" [#13 = ]

"In Desperate Plight; or, The Triumph of The Normans" #16

"Sons of The Brave; or, Friar Tuck In A Fix" no. 18

"The 'Prentice Bowmen of Nottingham" no. 30

"Night Hawk of The Woods" no. 34

"A Felon Stroke: How Robin Hood Dealt With Treachery" no. 46

"The Price of Treachery; or, Robin Hood The Invincible" no. 52

"Faithful Unto Death" no. 60

Sir Walter Scott's  "Ivanhoe"  [1820 novel]
Set in 1194, after the Third Crusade; the young Saxon noble Willfred of Ivanhoe is out of favor
with his father Cedric for his allegiance to the Norman King Richard I.

Spirit of America Bookstore's "Ivanhoe" Novel & Movies Page

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Robert of Wakefield novel in Kindle format by G.K. Werner  Robin Hood Tales for Kindle [2014-2015] by G.K. Werner
The gimmick here is that these three novels are credited to the contemporary Clerk of Copmanhurst and translated from Middle English by G.K. Werner.
"Robert of Wakefield: Robin Hood's Father" [#1 = 8/2014]
Kindle Edition from Narrow Way Storytellers [8/2014] for $3.99
Robert of Wakefield's defiance of the Normans gets him killed; son Robin struggles to survive in an age of anarchy and corruption.
"Robin of Locksley: Tales of Robin and Marian" [#2 = 8/2014]
Kindle Edition from Narrow Way Storytellers [8/2014] for $3.99
"Robin of Barnsdale: Tales of Maidens and Outlaws" [#3 = 4/2015]
Kindle Edition from Narrow Way Storytellers [4/2015] for $3.99

Robin Hood 5 Classic Novels in Kindle format from Titan Read  "Robin Hood: 5 Classic Novels" for Kindle [2015]
Kindle Edition from Titan Read, Denmark [7/2015] for 99¢
four complete novels and a book of Medieval ballads in Kindle format: "Ivanhoe" [1820] by Sir Walter Scott [1771-1832]; "Maid Marian" [1822] by Thomas Love Peacock [1785-1866]; "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" [1883] by Howard Pyle [1853-1911]; "Young Robin Hood" [1899] by George Manville Fenn [1839-1909]; and "Ballads of Robin Hood and Other Outlaws" [1912] by Frank Sidgwick [1879-1939]

Robin Hood Tales #1

Movies & Television
Robin Hood character credits at Internet Movie Database

'list of films & TV series featuring Robin Hood' at Wikipedia

search DVDs on keywords 'Robin Hood' {returns almost 700 items} at Amazon

Starting this Robin Hood page in December 2015 opened up a real can of worms; by the end of the first week, this page contained code for 43 books,
90+ movies & TV shows, and 26 operas & stageplays (and still more to add); first, the "Ivanhoe" Page was split off, then
the very large Robin Hood movies & TV section here was split off to become the Robin Hood Film Festival.

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"Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood"
[United Artists Oct 1922 silent feature]
Robin Hood 1922 silent film starring Douglas Fairbanks  Robin Hood 1922 silent film poster - in the forest  The first movie to have a gala premiere, conceived by Sid Grauman for the opening of his new Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. When England's King Richard leaves for a Crusade to the Holy Land, he appoints his brother Prince John as regent. But John is a tyrant, and when the Earl of Huntingdon learns from Maid Marian of England's peril, he returns to oppose John's schemes. Prince John outlaws Huntingdon and his followers, so they hide out in Sherwood Forest ... Produced & written by & starring Douglas Fairbanks; directed by Allan Dwan; also starring Wallace Beery, Sam De Grasse, Enid Bennett, Paul Dickey, William Lowery, Willard Louis, Alan Hale, Bud Geary & Lloyd Talman
Kino Video b&w DVD [2/2004] for $26.99
Kino Video b&w VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Adventures of Robin Hood" [Warner Bros. May 1938]
The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 movie starring Errol Flynn  Filmed in Technicolor; England's King Richard is away on a Crusade to the Holy Land, and when Richard is captured for ransom by Duke Leopold of Austria, Prince John seizes power, aided by Sir Guy and the High Sheriff. But loyal Saxon Robin Locksley gathers a band of resistance fighters, woos Lady Marian, and thwarts the bad guys by robbing from the rich to aid the overtaxed peasants. Co-produced by Hal B. Wallis & Jack L. Warner; directed by Michael Curtiz & William Keighley; starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette, Alan Hale, Melville Cooper, Ian Hunter & Howard Hill; nominated for Best Picture Oscar, won Oscars for Best Art Direction, Best Editing & Best Original Score (Erich Wolfgang Korngold); listed on the National Film Registry (1995)
Warner Home Video color Blu-ray [8/2008] for $19.49
Warner Home Video Special Edition color DVD [9/2003] 2 disks for $21.99
M.G.M. color VHS [12/93] out of prodn/many, many used
Oscar-winning soundtrack by Erich Korngold: Soundtrack Factory audio CD [5/2000] for $16.99
27"x40" poster from Amazon for $19.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men"
live action feature film [Disney/R.K.O. June 1952]
Walt Disney's Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men 1952 movie poster  Filmed in Technicolor; after an archery contest at the king's palace, young Robin's father is attacked and killed by henchmen of Prince John. Robin turns outlaw to avenge his father and to redress John's oppres- sion of the people of England. Directed by Ken Annakin; script by Lawrence Edward Watkin; starring Richard Todd, Joan Rice, Peter Finch, James Hayter, James Robertson Justice, Martita Hunt, Hubert Gregg, Elton Hayes, Anthony Eustrel, Patrick Barr, Anthony Forwood, Michael Hordern & Hal Osmond
Walt Disney Video color DVD [4/2009] for $9.99
Walt Disney Video color VHS [4/94] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

"The Adventures of Robin Hood"
TV series [I.T.C./I.T.V. Sept 1955-Nov 1960]
Adventures of Robin Hood 1955-60 TV series on DVD  143 half-hour episodes in black & white; filmed in U.K. using several blacklisted writers, including Ring Lardner, Jr. & Ian McLellan Hunter; starring Richard Greene {as Robin}, Victor Woolf, Archie Duncan, Alexander Gauge, Alan Wheatley, Paul Eddington, Bernadette O'Farrell & Patricia Driscoll {as Maid Marian}, Rufus Cruikshank, Nigel Davenport, and Donald Pleasence {as Prince John}
series credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia
First Season: Mill Creek Ent. b&w DVD set [3/2008] 39 episodes on 3 disks for $7.49
Second Season: Mill Creek Ent. b&w DVD set [10/2008] 39 episodes on 3 disks for $3.99 {sic}
Third Season: Mill Creek Ent. b&w DVD set [3/2009] 39 episodes on 3 disks for $35.99 ?
Fourth Season: Mill Creek Ent. b&w DVD set [8/2009] 26 episodes on 2 disks for $8.96
The Complete Series: Mill Creek Ent. b&w DVD set [8/2009] 143 episodes on 11 disks for $18.99

"Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" [1991] starring Kevin Costner /tt0102798/
Warner Home Video Extended Version widescreen color Blu-ray [5/2009] for $10.49

"Robin Hood" feature film
[Imagine / Universal May 2010]
Robin Hood 2010 movie directed by Ridley Scott  "The untold story behind the legend"; working title was "Nottingham". After fighting for King Richard in France, an expert archer keeps a promise to a dying knight and returns the man's sword to his father in Nottingham; he is asked to play the man's son in order to protect the widow, and gets caught up in royal intrigue against the usurper Godfrey who is helping King Philip of France invade England. Co-produced & directed by Ridley Scott; written by Brian Helgeland, Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris; starring Russell Crowe {as Robin}, Oscar Isaac {as King John}, Cate Blanchett {as Marian}, Danny Huston, William Hurt, Kevin Durand, Mark Strong, Eileen Atkins, Max von Sydow, Mark Addy, Alan Doyle, Matthew Macfadyen & Scott Grimes
Universal Studios widescreen color Blu-ray+DVD+digital combo [9/2010] 3 disks for $15.99
Universal Studios Director's Cut widescreen color DVD [3/2011] 2 disks for $16.99
Universal Studios Director's Cut widescreen color DVD [3/2011] for $9.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitewatch official trailer [3:11] online at YouTube

more details (drama & animated & documentary films, books & ebooks, links) on
Spirit of America Bookstore's Robin Hood Film Festival Page

Stageplays,  Other  Media
'Robin Hood in popular culture' entry at Wikipedia

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poster for modern production in Bucharest, Romania of 1784 'Robin Hood' opera  "Robin Hood; or, Sherwood Forest: A Comic Opera in 3 Acts" [1784]
performed in 1784 at the Theatre-Royal in Covent-Garden, London; written by William Shield [1748‑1829] and Leonard McNally, Esq. [1752-1820]; printed by J. Almon, London in 1784
Kindle Edition from Eternity Ebooks [12/2014] for 99¢
78-page Gale ECCO Editions 9¾x7½ pb [5/2010] for $17.75
Univ California Libraries Blue Cover 8x5 pb [1787 facsimile] for $9.99
available as free online etext at University of Michigan Library ECCO Project

"Sherwood Forest: Stageplay in Three Acts" [London, U.K. March 1821]
by James Planché [1796-1880]

"Maid Marian: or, The Huntress of Arlingford - Opera in Three Acts" [Covent Garden Dec 1822]
by James Planché [1796-1880], with 18 numbers by Henry Rowley Bishop [1786-1855]
very successful production; based on the 1822 novella by Thomas Love Peacock

"Songs, Duets, Glees, Chorusses, Etc. In The Historical Opera of Maid Marian: or, The Huntress of Arlingford (1822)"
[undated] by Henry Rowley Bishop [1786-1855]
Kessinger Publng 11x8½ pb [9/2010] for $12.76
Kessinger Publng 11x8½ hardcover [5/2010] for $30.95

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Robin Hood 1860 opera   Macfarren's "Robin Hood: Opera in 3 Acts" [1860]
First performed in October 1860 at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London;
produced by George A. Macfarren [1813-87]; written by John
Oxenford [1812-77]; revived a year later and then sent on tour.

Naxos Opera music CD [10/2011] 2 disks for $20.84
'Robin Hood' opera page at Victorian Opera Northwest website
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"Robin Hood: or, The Maid That Was Arch, and The Youth That Was Archer"
'musical burlesque' performed on Broadway in 1872 & 1873 (22 performances) • Broadway credits

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"Robin Hood: A Comic Opera in Three Acts" [1890]
cover of vocal score for 'Robin Hood: A Comic Opera'  written by Reginald De Koven & Harry B. Smith; Clement Scott wrote lyrics of "Oh Promise Me"
performed on Broadway in 1891, 1900, 1902, 1912, 1918, 1929, 1932 & 1944
Broadway creditsopera entry at Wikipedia
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [3/2015] for $2.99
Leopold Classic Library 11x8½ pb [9/2015] for $16.95
Andesite Press Scholar Select 9¼x6 hardcover [8/00] for $24.95
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"Robin Hood" London stageplay [1906]
Written by Henry Hamilton & William Devereux; staged at the Lyric Theatre, London; ran 163 performances, plus matinees; starring Lewis Waller
{as Robin Hood / Earl of Huntingdon}, Evelyn Millard {as Marian}, Ethelbert Edwards {as Little John}, and playwright Devereux {as King John}

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"A Song of Sherwood" very popular poem [1911] by Alfred Noyes, CBE [1880-1958]
included in "Collected Poems by Alfred Noyes, Volume One" [Stokes, NYC 1913]
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [3/2011] for FREE {sic}

"Sherwood (Robin Hood and The Three Kings)" stageplay [1911]
by Alfred Noyes, CBE [1880-1958]
'Sherwood' 1911 playscript by Alfred Noyes  ebook of 'Sherwood' 1911 playscript by Alfred Noyes  
Kindle Edition from PlanetMonk Books [2/1012] for 99¢
TheClassics.US 9¾x7½ pb [9/2013] for $5.85
author entry at Wikipedia

"Robin Hood: A Play in Five Acts" stageplay [1926]
altered from 1911 stageplay "Sherwood", nothing found on Amazon

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"Robin Hood: The Opera" [1934] a ballad opera by Michael Tippett

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"Twang!! The Musical" [London's West End 1965-66]
'Twang!!' 1965 London cast album cover  Described as 'a spoof of the character and legend of the outlaw Robin Hood', but the story sounds dreadful, and the reported backstage soap opera is enough to curl your hair (it might make a good satiric stageplay, tho). The Birmingham tryout was cancelled, the Manchester preview opened with an incomplete script, and an American 'script doctor' was brought in. Nothing helped: "Twang!!" was a box-office disaster and cost Bart his personal fortune. • Music & lyrics by Lionel Bart, book by Bart and Harvey Orkin, with assistance from Burt Shevelove
JAY Records audio CD [orig 1965?] 15 songs - out of prodn/scarce
stageplay entry at Wikipedia
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logo for 'Robin Hood: The Musical' 1989 stageplay by Tim Kelly  
"Robin Hood" stageplay [1988] by Tim Kelly [1937-98]
40-page Hanbury Plays, Canada pb [5/89] out of print/scarce
Pioneer Drama Service bookpage
"Robin Hood:The Musical" stageplay [1989]
Book by Tim Kelly [1937-98], music by Arne Christiansen, lyrics by Ole H. Kittleson
Pioneer Drama Service bookpage
Fancyfull Historie of That Most Notable & Fameous Outlaw Robyn Hood playscript by Scott Lynch-Giddings  
"A Fancyfull Historie of That Most Notable & Fameous Outlaw Robyn Hood" [1995] an original Elizabethan stageplay in five acts by Scott Lynch-Giddings
iUniverse 9x6 pb [4/2001] for $14.95
poster/logo for 'Robin Hood: The Ballet' in Michigan  "Robin Hood: The Ballet" [1998]
created by choreographer and artistic director Paul Vasterling, using the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold • Vasterling's Nashville ballet homepageballet entry at Wikipedia
ballet recently performed by Elizabeth Williams School of Dance [est. 1992]
in Williamston, Michigan
'Amuse-ical Tales of Robin Hood' stageplay by Rob Alderton & Ian Gower  
"The Amuse-ical Tales of Robin Hood" stageplay [U.K. 2005]
Text by Rob Alderton, music by Ian Gower
official company website
scene from 2010 production of 'Robin and The 7 Hoods' at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, California  "Robin and The 7 Hoods: The Musical" [San Diego Old Globe July 2010]
Inspired by the Frank Sinatra movie of the same name; book by Tony Award-winner Rupert Holmes, songs by four-time Academy Award winners Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen; directed & choreographed by Casey Nicholaw {did not make it to Broadway}
production page at Old Globe websitewatch official promo [1:46] online at YouTube
Robin Hood opera from Finland  
"Robin Hood: An Opera For The Whole Family" [2013]
Performed by the Finnish National Opera Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Mikko Franck
Libretto by Jukka Linkola • not listed at IMDb
Ooppera Alba color Blu-ray [9/2013] for $27.98
Ooppera Alba color Blu-ray [9/2013] out of prodn/used
Robin Hood und Die Kinder von Sherwood Forest German musical stageplay  "Robin Hood und Die Kinder von Sherwood Forest" musical stageplay [Germany 2014]
German-language musical family stageplay; text by Radulf Beuleke; music by Klaus Hillebrecht; previews March to May 2014 at Freilichspiele Tecklenburg
not available on VHS/DVD • production homepage
'The Heart of Robin Hood' musical stageplay' in Toronto, Canada  "The Heart of Robin Hood" musical stageplay [2011]
Energetic musical stageplay performed by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in England in 2011 and at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from December 2014 to March 2015; featuring songs performed by folk group Parsonsfield; produced by Mirvish Productions, written by David Farr, directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson, starring Gabriel Ebert as Robin.watch 11/2014 official trailer [1:06] online at YouTube
'Robin Hood' panto on tour in U.K.  
"Robin Hood" panto stageplay [2014 & 2015 tour]
The auditions for "Sherwood's Got Talent" are the perfect distraction, allowing the Sheriff of Nottingham to kidnap Maid Marion . . . • National (U.K.) tour company headed by children's TV star Chris Edgerley
official websitewatch 3/2015 official promo [1:17] online at YouTube
'The Legend of Robin Hood' musical playscript  "The Legend of Robin Hood" musical stageplay [2015]
"an original musical stageplay for young audiences in two acts"
by Pat Haines-Ainsworth & Terence Alaric Levitt
Winking Kat Books 9x6 pb playscript [7/2015] for $6.50
Young Robin Hood playscript by Jon Klein  "Young Robin Hood" stageplay [2015] by Jon Klein
The King is off to the Crusades and Nottingham is at the mercy of the corrupt Sheriff, who twists the law and persecutes the poor; when Robin's father is falsely imprisoned, Robin must orchestrate a rescue mission. Friendship is tested and new alliances are formed as Robin fights tyranny and injustice, with the unexpected help of the Sheriff's feisty daughter, Marian.
74-page Broadway Play Publng pb [6/2015] for $14.95
'The Ballad of Robin Hood' musical stageplay at Southwark Playhouse Dec 2015  "The Ballad of Robin Hood: A Rip-Roaring Tavern Tale" [Dec 2015]  12/2015
'a new play with swordplay, songs, and satire as sharp as an arrow!' • The setting is the Tabard Inn in 1380; the owner has tax troubles while everyone else is talking about this outlaw Robin Hood . . .stageplay homepage
recent performance by Southwark Playhouse Theatre Company [est. 1993] in London, U.K.

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"Hoods: The Musical" [London, U.K.-based - not yet produced?]
official website, circa 2014


"Texas Kid, Robin Hood of The Range" comic book [1940]
Texas Kid, Robin Hood of The Range 1940 comic book from Marvel  This single-issue comic book was published by Marvel Comics in January 1940; it ends with "Read the 'Texas Kid' again next month" but no further issues by artist Ben Thompson were published. The Kid rode a white horse named Spot. Marvel also published a series of comic books about "The Texas Kid" that were straight Western tales, with cover dates from January 1941 to July 1952.

John Hamilton Reynolds [1794–1852]
Sonnet I: On Robin Hood" (1818)
Sonnet II: On Robin Hood" (1818)
Sonnet III: On Robin Hood" (1818)

"Robin Hood – To A Friend: An Ode" [1818] by John Keats [1795-1821]
Reynolds sent copies of his first two Robin Hood sonnets to Keats, who replied with this 62-line ode.
online text at The Literature Network website

Legend of Robin Hood game from Avalon Hill  "The Legend of Robin Hood: A Game of 12th Century
English Folklore" [ages 10 & up; 1979]

Avalon Hill game in a box [1979] out of prodn/scarce
The Robin Hood Game from University Games   "The Robin Hood Game" [ages 8 & up; 1991]
University Games boardgame in a box [1991] for $48.66
Sheriff of Nottingham game from Arcane Wonders   "Sheriff of Nottingham" game [ages 14 & up; 2014]
'a social game of bluffing, bribery, and negotiation'
Hasbro/Arcane Wonders game in 10x10" box [2014] for $24.50

Image  Gallery
(AllPosters.com shut down their affiliates program in June 2015)
search posters on keywords 'King John of England' at AllPosters.com
search posters on keywords 'King Richard of England' at AllPosters.com
browse 'King Richard I' posters category at AllPosters.com

logo for 'Lady Robin Hood' slot machines made by Bally        2.5kg bag of Robin Hood All-Purpose Flour         shipping box label for 'Robin Hood' brand citrus fruit of McPherson, California         painting of Robin Hood and friends, on alert in the forest

Robin and Marian are married in the forest (still photo from 1912 silent short film)          Robin Hood and King Richard (still photo from 1912 Solax silent short film)          still photo of Basil Rathbone fencing on the stairs with Errol Flynn (from the 1938 feature 'The Adventures of Robin Hood'

Cast  of  Characters
short list of characters at Wikipedia

Robin Hood aka Robert of Locksley
Maid Marian
Little John
Friar Tuck
Will Scarlet
minstrel Alan-a-Dale
Mutch the Miller's Son

King Richard Lionheart [1157-1199]
Prince/King John Plantagenet [1167-1216]
The Sheriff of Nottingham + http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheriff_of_Nottingham
Sir Guy of Gisbourne

L i n k s
King John of England entry at Wikipedia
House of Plantagenet entry at Wikipedia
The Robin Hood Project {bibliography} at University of Rochester in New York

Robin Hood homepage on the Nottinghamshire Tourism website
Robin Hood Festival [Aug 2016 = #31] at Sherwood Forest Country Park at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
International Robin Hood Day and Robin Hood Week [October] around Nottinghamshire
3-day Robin Hood Pageant [Oct 2015] at Nottingham Castle, U.K.

Robin Hood entry at the Tardis Wikia ("Dr.Who" episode, "K9" episode, webblog)
AWW's 'Bold Outlaw' fansite
World Wide Robin Hood Society's 'Many Faces of Robin Hood' website [est.1998]  WARNING: possible toxic website
RF's 'Robin Hood: Facts & Fiction' fansite

Robinhood Financial, LLC zero-commission stock brokerage [est. 2/2014] in Palo Alto, California

Geographical  Links
The Robin Hood Hotel (pub) [est. 1851], 315 Portrush Road in Norwood, South Australia
130-acre Robin Hood Park & Forest [est. 1889] in Keene, New Hampshire
Robin Hood Park [est. 1975] in Kansas City, Missouri
Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve
Robin Hood Park vacation homes [] near Keswick, Cumbria, U.K.
The Robin Hood Pub [] on Robin Hood Road in Knaphill, Surrey, U.K.
Robin Hood Hotel classic country pub [], 18 High Street in Strathalbyn, South Australia

The Tales of Robin Hood [1989-2009] indoor visitor attraction in Nottingham City, U.K.

Discover Robin Hood family park [defunct?] in Sherwood Forest, U.K.  click here for photograph (in a new window) of the theme park design
A £13M Robin Hood-themed attraction in Nottinghamshire was approved by the County in 2013, but the deal was terminated in 2014 due to inactivity, mostly for lack
of proof of funding; Discovery Attractions last said that the park will open in Spring 2015, which is still the posting on the park website as-of December 2015.

here on 'The Legend of Robin Hood' Page at Spirit of America Bookstore

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