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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-01-14. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-06-14.
Among festivals that might involve some kind of Robin Hood-related entertainment, drama, sports activity, symbolism or disguise were Whitsun or May games, summer games, Easter celebrations and St Nicholas's Eve celebrations in Scotland, church ales, church dedication day feasts, Lord Mayor's shows (London), Dickens Day Parades (London and elsewhere, 19th cent. or later), carnivals, royal jubilees, ad hoc charity events, high school graduation ceremonies and end-of-term celebrations.
For England and Scotland, where there was much festival activity and is much evidence, the information relating to specific localities is grouped under counties. Outside this region, information relating to specific localities is grouped under continent and country.
Specific localities in England organized by historic county.
Scotland has its own page.
This includes literary allusions to popular festivals as well as unlocalized references to festivals.
Outside England and Scotland
Gazetteers and lists of localities
These all focus on England and Scotland as most of the activity elsewhere occurs relatively late and is of more peripheral interest. The list includes gazetteers, lists and calendars of evidence relating to festivals for England and/or Scotland in general or for specific historical counties or other similar areas. Also included are lists of allusions to Robin Hood (or subsidiary characters of the tradition) as figures in festivals and folk drama. Sources dealing only with specific localities are found under the localities in question.
- Lancashire, Ian, compil. Dramatic Texts and Records of Britain: a Chronological Topography to 1558 (Cambridge, 1984). List of British drama texts, references and allusions to performances, and gazetteer of localitites for which evidence of dramatic activity survives from 1558 or earlier, including entries on the then known occurrences of Robin Hood festivals and drama.
- Mill, Anna Jean. Mediæval Plays in Scotland: Thesis Submitted for the Degree of Ph.D. of the University of St. Andrews, July 1924 (St Andrews University Publications, No. XXIV) (Edinburgh and London, 1927), pp.
- N.E.D., vol. VIII, pt. I, p. 736, s.n. Robin Hood, sb., 2; vol. VI, pt. II, s.n. Maid Marian.
- Singman, Jeffrey L. Robin Hood: The Shaping of the Legend (Contributions to the Study of World Literature, No. 92) (Westport, Connecticut; London, 1998), pp. 171-92.
- Wasson, John M., ed. Devon. (Records of Early English Drama) (Toronto; Buffalo; London, ©1986). Exhaustive collection of record and other documentary materials relating to pre-restoration drama in Devon, including a good deal of material relating to Robin Hood ales and performances.
Studies and criticism
The sources on the list all discuss or analyze activity at more than one single locality. Sources discussing activity only at specific localities are found under the locality in question.