- ISBN 9780500289358
- 22.20 x 15.60 cm
- 26 Illustrations, 15 in colour
- First published 2011
‘The last word on Robin Hood … elegant and readable as well as authoritative ’ – The Observer
'First published in 1982 and never equalled' - Contemporary Review
‘Mellifluous style, meticulous scholarship, a powerful historical imagination and profound human sympathy’ – The London Review of Books
The legend of Robin Hood began more than 600 years ago.
The man, if he existed at all, lived even earlier.
In this definitive work one of Britain’s premier historians and author of the standard work on the Magna Carta, unravels pure invention from real possibility and offers the results of some thirty years of research, reconstructing the historical basis of the stories but never losing sight of the human imagination that sustained them.
This edition includes many new illustrations and The Gest of Robyn Hood, one of the oldest surviving tales.
Professor Sir James Holt FBA is one of the world’s leading medieval historians, and was the third Master of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. He was Vice President of the British Academy from 1987 to 1989, and is the author of many books, including Jersey 1204 (with J. A. Everard), Magna Carta and The Northerners: A Study in the Reign of King John.