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Stephen Badeo, 'Robin Hood the Brute: Representations of the Outlaw in Eighteenth Century Criminal Biography', 54-70

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Published onDec 01, 2016
Stephen Badeo, 'Robin Hood the Brute: Representations of the Outlaw in Eighteenth Century Criminal Biography', 54-70

Abstract
Eighteenth century criminal biography is a topic that has been explored at length by both crime historians such as Andrea McKenzie and Richard Ward, as well as literary scholars such as Lincoln B. Faller and Hal Gladfelder. Much of these researchers’ work, however, has focused upon the representation of seventeenth and eighteenth century criminals within these narratives. In contrast, this article explores how England’s most famous medieval criminal, Robin Hood, is represented. By giving a commentary upon eighteenth century Robin Hood narratives, this article shows how, at a time of public anxiety surrounding crime, people were less willing to believe in the myth of a good outlaw.

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