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A few thoughts on Martin Luther

19 January 2017

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the reformation. On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther made his name by nailing his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg church. This simple act of criticism...

Robin Hood, Doctor Who, and the emergence of the a modern rogue!

11 May 2016

Ask anyone today what is Robin Hood all about and you will be almost certainly told that he stole from the rich to give to the poor.  This is Robin’s main motif, and his...

The first tales of Robin Hood

12 April 2016

This is less of a blog post and more of a brief list of the earliest Robin Hood tales.  All pre-date the sixteenth century in terms of their initial creation, but not necessarily...

The legend of Robin Hood

15 March 2016

How do we look at both the ‘real’ history and the myths and legends as they were portrayed and used in the early modern period? For the last week I’ve spent the afternoon...