The Early Plays of Robin Hood

The Early Plays of Robin Hood

David Wiles

Hardback
$99.00

D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

David Wiles argues that the prolific Robin Hood plays of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries were the Spring equivalent of the Christmas mumming tradition.
Robin Hood was the subject of many fifteenth and sixteenth century folk-plays, of which only traces remain. As a result, the ballads, many of which have survived, have usually been regarded as the main-spring of traditions about the famous outlaw. David Wiles however, argues that the dramatic tradition was equally, if not more, important. He sees the plays, associated with Whitsun revels, died out much earlier, and so must be reconstructed from fragmentary scripts and the tantalising glimpses afforded by sources such as churchwardens' accounts. Robin Hood emerges as an emblem both of the Spring and of rebellion; as a Summer king, the player of Robin Hood flouted and parodied regular authority. With such a background, the plays ceased to be an acceptable part of parish life after the Reformation, and the games were suppressed, while the myth of RObin Hood was manipulated and made respectable.

Details

January 1970
1 line illustrations
103 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
ISBN: 9780859910828
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB
BISAC LCO003000
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