In Search of the Medieval Outlaw: The Tales of Robin Hood

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The rulers of the medieval English kingdom discouraged resistance to authority by the widespread use of execution, outlawry, and exile. Yet medieval English society also applauded such resistance. Encapsulated in the tales of Robin Hood, the good outlaw is loyal, courageous, and clever; while the authorities he outwits are disloyal, cowardly, and stupid, using the cover of the law to behave corruptly.

Examination of the outlaw in medieval literature tells us much about the mentality of the medieval English mind.

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This event was on Tue, 01 May 2018


Professor Stephen Church

Professor Church is Professor of Medieval History, School of History at the University of East Anglia. His research is primarily focused on the twelfth century, concentrating on issues surrounding kingship and the exercise of royal power.

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