Robin Hood is famous for his trickster-like antics: stealing from the rich to give to the poor, wearing disguises, challenging authority, etc. Robin Hood appears in tales and ballads with Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marion, Will Scarlet, and many more characters. Read more about the history of the Robin Hood legend.
1. Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography
by Stephen Thomas Knight. Cornell University Press. From the publisher: "In this engaging and deeply informed book Stephen Knight looks at the different manifestations of Robin Hood at different times and places in a mythic biography with a thematic structure."
2. Myth and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain : The Legendsby Stephanie L. Barczewski. Oxford University Press. From the publisher: "Scholars continue to find that fictional narratives provide rich insight into the historical development of a modern national consciousness. In nineteenth-century Britain, the legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood played an important role in construction of contemporary national identity."
3. Robin Hood: A Classic Illustrated Editionby Evelyn Charles Vivian, and Cooper Edens. Chronicle Books. From the publisher: "This Classic Illustrated Edition collects over one hundred of the best images from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries in a single volume, including works by N. C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Walter Crane, Honor C. Appleton and Harry Theaker."
4. Robin Hoodby Joseph Walker McSpadden. Dover. From the publisher: "Escape to Sherwood Forest's idyllic charms and join the jolly fellowship of the greenwood with these rollicking tales of the celebrated archer and gentleman thief. Lively episodes introduce each of the famous merry men and other colorful characters."
5. The Adventures of Robin Hoodby Roger Lancelyn Green, and Walter Crane. Alfred A. Knopf. From the publisher: "Robin Hood is champion of the poor and oppressed against the cruel power of Prince John and the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham. He takes refuge with his Merrie Men in the vast Sherwood Forest, emerging time and again to outwit his enemies with daring and panache."
6. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown, in Nottinghamshireby Howard Pyle. Dover Publication. This edition is a facsimile of the original edition. Howard Pyle's tale of Robin Hood and his legendary adventures is a classic, with 23 full-pages of illustrations.
7. Robin Hood: Collection of Ancient Poemsby Joseph Ritson (Editor), and Thomas Bewick (Editor). Routledge. From the publisher: "Regardless of his real existence, a large body of literature has built up around the myth of Robin Hood. Joseph Ritson's greatest scholarship was on British ballads, and 'Robin Hood' is perhaps his most exhaustive study."
8. Robin Hood : The Shaping of the Legendby Jeffrey L. Singman. Greenwood Publishing Group. From the publisher: "This book charts the genesis and development of the legend from the Middle Ages through 1700. In bridging the divide between the worlds of fiction and history, the volume incorporates the strengths of both historical and literary approaches."
by Ann McGovern. Scholastic. From the publisher: "In a time when laws were unfair and the poor were left to starve, Robin Hood was a friend to those in need. Ann McGovern's retelling of this classic tale transports young readers to an era of adventure and heroism."
10. The Adventures of Robin Hoodby Roger Lancelyn Green. Gale Group. From the publisher: "Robin Hood is champion of the poor and oppressed against the cruel power of Prince John and the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham. He takes refuge with his Merrie Men in the vast Sherwood Forest, emerging time and again to outwit his enemies with daring and panache."