Disney’s Robin Hood: A Bit More Medieval Than You Might Think

One of my childhood favourites – Robin Hood! (and is it any wonder I ended up in the SCA?)

An Historian Goes to the Movies

A couple weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to tackle a Robin Hood movie, in honor of my friend Liz Shipe’s new play, A Lady in Waiting, and went to Netflix, where I ran across the Disney version (1973, dir. Wolfgang Reitherman), which I loved as a child; I have vivid memories of seeing it in the theater more than once. So I decided to re-watch it, because I haven’t seen it since. I didn’t have high hopes that I would give me much to talk about on this blog, but as it turns out, there is something worth remarking on here.


Robin Hood is a medieval character, dating to at least the 14th century and possibly earlier. There’s a lot to say about the whole question of whether he’s a historical figure or not, but I’m not going to say it here, since I’m pretty sure that anyone watching this…

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