Monday, December 16, 2013

The Stuff of Legends

Jonas Armstrong as Robin
BBC's Robin Hood (2006-)

Errol Flynn, a legend in his own time, might have sported green tights, short green doublet with dagged edges, and a neat green cap (so he'd be well camouflaged in the forest) in his portrayal of the famous folk hero, but the real Robin Hood is a mystery.

Errol Flynn as Robin Hood
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Olivia de Havilland as Maid Marian with Errol Flynn
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

He supposedly conducted guerilla warfare from his hideaway in Sherwood Forest, robbing the Norman rich and feeding the Saxon poor, for over a century. If he was real, perhaps Sherwood Forest had a hidden fountain of youth.

Russel Crowe as Robin Hood (2010)
Russell Crowe with Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian
Robin Hood (2010)

Slightly missing the point, when sixteenth century King Henry VIII wondered what the simple folk do to break the monotony of everyday life, he dressed up like Robin, rounded up his band of merry courtiers and hid behind the doors of Catherine of Aragon's bedchamber--waiting to scare her ladies.

~ Courtesy of Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger ~

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