Who was Robin Hood? Hodd is a brilliant new book which puts a new spin on this famous question. After only a few weeks this title went into a second print run and it has proved very popular.
It’s hard to think of an English folk hero with more broad appeal than Robin Hood. This is testified to by the sheer number of times his story has been turned in to films and TV series. With Ridley Scott’s version, starring Russell Crowe, hitting the big screen this year, and the BBC’s primetime adaptation reaching its third series, Adam Thorpe’s new novel is a timely reminder that the origins of the story almost certainly have very little to do with men in green tights, dispossessed nobility or doing anything for the benefit of the nameless poor.
Hodd is definitely an ambitious piece of work not to be missed. Doodled Books has just 17 rare first edition first printings in stock. Each book is signed, lined, dated, doodled and numbered.
The book has also had some amazing reviews in national newspapers such as The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.
`Adam Thorpe's novel is richly enjoyable on many levels...[a] strange and lovely book.' --Daily Telegraph
Who was Robin Hood? Romantic legend casts him as outlaw, archer, and hero of the people, living in Sherwood Forest with Friar Tuck, Little John and Maid Marian, stealing from the rich to give to the poor - but there is no historical proof to back this up. The early ballads portray a quite different figure: impulsive, violent, vengeful, with no concern for the needy, no merry band, and no Maid Marian. "Hodd" provides a possible answer to this famous question, in the form of a medieval document rescued from a ruined church on the Somme, and translated from the original Latin. The testimony of an anonymous monk, it describes his time as a boy in the greenwood with a half-crazed bandit called Robert Hodd - who, following the thirteenth-century principles of the 'heresy of the Free Spirit', believes himself above God and beyond sin. Hodd and his crimes would have been forgotten without the boy's minstrel skills, and it is the old monk's cruel fate to know that not only has he given himself up to apostasy and shame, but that his ballads were responsible for turning a murderous felon into the most popular outlaw hero and folk legend of England, Robin Hood. Written with his characteristic depth and subtlety, his sure understanding of folklore, his precise command of detail, Adam Thorpe's ninth novel is both a thrilling re-examination of myth and a moving reminder of how human innocence and frailty fix and harden into history.
About the Author
Adam Thorpe was born in Paris in 1956. His first novel, Ulverton, was published in 1992, and he has written eight others - most recently The Standing Pool - two collections of stories and five books of poetry. He lives in France with his wife and family.
· Hardcover: 336 pages
· Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (4 Jun 2009)
· Language English
· ISBN-10: 0224079433
· ISBN-13: 978-0224079433
· Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.2 cm
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