Shooting Arrows Through Myth and History: The Evolution of the Robin Hood Legend

Kathleen Rose Mulligan, Providence College


This paper examines the development of the legends of Robin Hood through both historical and popular culture perspectives, analyzing the similarities and differences between the two fields as they evolved over the centuries. It studies the contextual influence of the history of each time period on the particular popular culture media as well as the historical works, and discovers when history and literature split paths with regards to the character of Robin Hood.