In the vast library of adventure novels there are many villains, heroes, and convoluted plots. In recent years, with the decline of capitalism becoming ever more apparent, there has been an upsurge of the anti-hero, the outlaw, and the noble outsider looking to extract justice. Many of these archetypes are taken from a single source: Robin Hood.
Yet all of these creations are terribly flawed representations of their inspiration. From anti-heroes who go on murderous killing sprees to corrupted bandits who attack the workers and fight for imperial interests there has been a general decline in what a Robin Hood figure truly means.
Luckily for us Paul Buhle aims to set the record straight with his new book on the mythical man.
Starting with the beginning of the legend in the early Middle Ages, while ending with the modern interpretations, in addition to analyzing everything in between, Paul Buhle is as detailed as he is thorough. In not even a hundred pages he traces the roots of the legend and gives an informed history from a materialist perspective.
With numerous illustrations and mini-comics by several rising prominent artists Mr. Buhle’s work serves as excellent and illustration guide as it does a radical history for anyone interested as using it as a class room text. Though not perfect in its scope of inclusion (though the author makes pains to give credence to feminists and racial equality narrations, in regards to a Queer perspective, nothing is found).
Still one could do much worse in looking for an introduction to the awe-inspiring man known as Robin Hood. With much pro-imperialist apologists co-opting Robin’s noble name we need books like this one to remind us all of the “common” aspirations from which he ascended.
The book may be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1604863188/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img