Welcome friends! Today I will be reminding you all of my love for Robin Hood! This is just going to be a quick intro post showcasing what I will be reading (and watching) for our Classics Retold project! This isn’t really a complete list since I want to read ALL THE BOOKS, but these are my definites!
I’ve actually owned this book for years, and I tried reading it a while back and couldn’t get into it. It has great reviews, though, so I am hoping to give it another try!
For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting.
Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medieval Britain, Stephen R. Lawhead’s latest work conjures up an ancient past and holds a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare yourself for an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.
As the gates of Ravenskeep swing open and a young woman flees into the primeval depths of Sherwood Forest and into the arms of the man she loves, a saga of exceptional power and remarkable passion begins…
He is Sir Robery Locksley–the heroic nobleman who has turned his back on all he knows to embark on a dangerous quest for justice in an England torn apart by treachery, betrayal and war.
She is Lady Marian of Ravenskeep–the proud, defiant knight’s daughter who leaves her sheltered life behind to join a shadowy band of outlaws who follow no law but their own.
Marian is left alone again—a widow who has never been a bride. But now, like all unmarried young ladies of fortune, she is made the ward of King Richard the Lionheart. Since Richard is away on Crusade, Marian’s fate lies in the hands of his mother, the formidable Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. The bridegroom Eleanor selects will get Marian’s lands and, in return, pledge his loyalty—and silver—to the king. Marian herself is irrelevant and she knows it. Determined not to be sold into another sham marriage, she seeks out the one man who can help uncover the queen’s intentions: Robin Hood, the notorious Saxon outlaw of Sherwood Forest.
The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin Mckinley
Author McKinley applies her unparalleled vision of traditional legends to the story of Robin Hood and his community of Sherwood Forest outlaws.
This one is obvious. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on it, I love me some Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman. I don’t care that he didn’t have an English accent, WE LOVES IT.
A Mel Brooks film, and a spoof on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, in particular. I LOVE this movie, but I will never forget how my mother had me watch The Princess Bride and then Men in Tights directly after. I still have a hard time looking at Cary Elwes as anyone but Wesley ❤
Vastly different than the other films, and much more dramatic. At first I didn’t particularly enjoy this adaptation, but I have grown to love the intensity of it. Plus? Russell Crowe.
I can’t tell you how many times I have checked this out from the library and haven’t made the time to watch it. I am going to watch at least the first season, but I am hoping that it is so awesome that I can’t stop. Better start soon! Also, I feel as if I am really talking a lot about the hotties who have played Robin Hood so it is only fitting that we mention RICHARD EFFING ARMITAGE AS GUY OF GISBORNE. WHY DON’T I ALREADY OWN THIS SERIES?!
What do you guys think? Any that I am certainly missing and NEED to read? Let me know! Don’t forget that you can still sign up for Classics Retold, and you don’t have to post reviews for any retellings until September! You have so much time!!