Children of Anarchy: Anglo-Norman Romance in the Twelfth Century

  • Rosalind Field
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


In Piers Plowman,Passus V, the figure of Sloth confesses that he would rather recite the stories of Robin Hood or Ranulph, earl of Chester than his prayers.1 This remark is famous for casually providing the earliest evidence of the Robin Hood tradition, but it also indicates that the twelfth century provided a source and a subject matter for long-lasting and popular fiction.


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