One of the most romantic figures in literature has to be the infamous outlaw of Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood. Based on a real outlaw of the 12th century, who did apparently resist unfair laws and practices of the king, the deeds of the legendary figure have undergone many transformations through the centuries. Though they have been solidified through the years–first in ballads such as Robin Hood and the Monk, and in May games and plays during the Middle Ages–Robin hood has always stood as a champion of the weak who “robs from the rich and gives to the poor.”
He has also, especially in recent years, become a dashing, romantic hero–the epitome of goodness, fair play, and chivalry all wrapped up in a sexy package. Check out our changing perceptions of this medieval hunk:
Errol Flynn was the matinée idol of the 1930s, seen here in the 1938 version The Adventures of Robin Hood. In the early-sixties, Robin was given a snazzy new persona by Frank Sinatra and the “Rat Pack” in the musical comedy Robin and the 7 Hoods.
In 1991 was the searingly romantic and my all-time favorite version (mixing action, comedy and romance), Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. And the most recent film version, Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, which I unfortunately have not yet seen. (The trend seems to have headed towards more gritty realism in the costuming at least.)
(I still think Kevin Costner was better looking! But I admit, I’m biased. LOL)
There is a method to my madness in this little history of Robin Hood in film.
Thursday, my good friend Casea Major will be a guest blogger on the Journal talking about her erotic contemporary, One Knight in Brooklyn, which releases Friday, October 7 from Decadent Publishing as part of their 1Night Stand series. It too has a new twist on the romance of the Robin Hood theme.
Check out the Journal Thursday when Casea will be sharing an excerpt and talking about her sexy time-travel adventure, an excellent read in any century! Hope to see you here!