By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-01. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-09-04.
This section covers literary allusions occurring in narrative (or lyrical) sources. "Literary" is here understood somewhat broadly as including all belletristic works, works of folk literature, historical narrative works such as chronicles and non-specialist works on English (local) history. Also included are cartographical works published in book form, itineraries, (auto)biographies, and records and papers of belletrist authors, scientists, politicians etc. Allusions are generally understood to be short passages occurring in longer works. This may include short poems quoted in toto in other works.
Comparisons of actual historical persons with Robin Hood (Little John etc.) and characterizations of such persons as Robin Hood (Little John etc.) are considered historical allusions and are therefore excluded from this section along with records relating to actual persons, criminal or otherwise, named Robin/Robert Hood or surnamed Robinhood, persons carrying the same name as secondary or minor characters, i.e. Little John or Will Scarlet, men surnamed Littlejohn, and records relating to historical sheriffs of Nottingham. Such material is found in the Records subsection of the Historiography section. Records relating to festivals or performances of dramas at specific localities are found in the Festivals and Drama sections respectively.
Simple entries in trade directories of the name and address of public houses named after Robin Hood are referred to where relevant in the Place-names section but are not treated as allusions. However, where such works include relevant passages in descriptive or introductory text these may be considered allusions.
Keywords in the allusion citations are indicated as follows: Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck. Unless otherwise indicated in the "Source notes" to the allusion in question, such keywords are not underlined in the printed, online or MS source.
Allusions are grouped by century:
- Allusions 1301-1400 · links · texts
- Allusions 1401-1500 · links · texts
- Allusions 1501-1600 · links · texts
- Allusions 1601-1700 · links · texts
- Allusions 1701-1800 · links · texts
- Allusions 1801-1900 · links · texts
- Allusions 1901-2000 · links · texts
Lists of allusions
Studies and criticism