9 Dec 2015

Robin Hood: hero or brute?

From Nights, 7:15 pm on 9 December 2015
Robin Hood statue

Robin Hood Photo: By David Telford from London, UK, via Wikimedia Commons

He's now considered a romantic rogue, but the reputation of Robin Hood took a battering in the 18th century when he was often portrayed in popular criminal biographies as a cruel, cold-hearted killer.

Stephen Basdeo, PhD student at Leeds Trinity University, has been researching the popular literature of crime from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.