By Alexander L. Kaufman

ISBN-10: 0786485124

ISBN-13: 9780786485123

The medieval outlaws of england retain a carry at the present-day mind's eye, judging via their presence in literature and on movie. Exploring the character of either old and fictional outlaws, those twelve severe essays survey the literary, ancient, and cultural environments that produced them, particularly the medieval and early smooth classes. Divided into 3 components, the textual content examines the historic files of genuine outlawed women and men and the illustration of Jews in medieval Britain as attainable outlaws, outlaws linked particularly with Wales, and the preferred determine of Robin Hood and the context of the past due medieval poems and performs that function him as a trendy determine.

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