Bandit Territories

British Outlaws and Their Traditions

Edited by Helen Phillips

Bandit Territories

Edited by Helen Phillips

Distributed for University of Wales Press

256 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780708319857 Published February 2009 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

While everyone is familiar with the legend of Robin Hood, few can speak as knowledgably about other British outlaws and their traditions. Uncovering a popular history that dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, Bandit Territories takes as its main subject English, Welsh, and Scottish outlaws and considers their traditions in light of their unique landscapes, cultural histories, and adaptations into  ballet, theatre, film and children’s literature. Introducing figures such as Little John and William Wallace—the character portrayed by Mel Gibson in Braveheart—this volume explores the figure of the bandit, who lives between civil society and the wilderness, and offers an engaging portrait of his iconic masculinity and nationalist propaganda.




Note on contributors

Bandit Territories and Good Outlaws
Helen Phillips

‘Exempt me, Sire, for I am afeard of women’: Gendering Robin Hood
Thomas Hahn and Stephen Knight

Maid Marian in Twentieth-century Children’s Books
David Blamires

Welsh Bandits
Adrian Price

Fouke Fitz Waryn III and King John: Good Outlaw and Bad King
Glyn Burgess

Rabbie Hood: The Development of the English Outlaw Myth in Scotland
Stephen Knight

Scott and the Outlaws
Helen Phillips

Sketches by a Green Crayon: Washington Irving, Robin Hood and the Emerging American Frontier
Marcus A.J. Smith and Julian N. Wasserman

Robin Hood, King Arthur and Cold War Chivalry
Jeffrey Richards

‘And for best supporting hero…Little John’
Laura Blunk

‘Begone, knave! Robbery is out of fashion hereabouts!’ Robin Hood and the Comics Code
Allen W. Wright

Robin Hood is Alive and Well in Cityton Prison
John Beynon



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