Saturday, 30 March 2013


After reading an example  of  medieval ballad  (Lord Randal),  we discussed about Robin Hood and  how much the original legend of the prince of thieves from the medieval cycle of ballads was later on contaminated by other literary works  (for example, Walter Scott's Ivanhoe)
The heroes of the Cycle of the Outlaws have been more than once characterized and transformed for contemporary young or family audience in  recent years. These are clips from BBC Robin Hood series 1 (ep. 7-8) and the questions you have to answer as your homework.


Watch and answer the  questions below

1.       Who is the character speaking to the people waiting for the execution?
2.       Does he expect Robin Hood and his men to be there?

 Why is he so satisfied and Robin and his men so disappointed? What happened?


After watching the clip, answer the questions below


1.       Who is the man talking with Sir Guy of Gisborne at the beginning of the fragment?
2.       Why is he so angry with Marian?
3.       What does Marian try to do while she is upstairs?
4.       Why has Marian accepted the necklace from Sir Guy according to you?
5.       Why does she accept marrying him?                                


1.       Where does the first scene take place? What happens?
2.       What does Robin Hood discover about the saracen who tried to kill King Richard?
3.       Where does Sir Guy’s party take place?
4.       What are they celebrating?
5.       Why do Robin’s men try to stop him when he wants to kill Sir Guy of Gisborne?

1.       Do you think Marian will marry Sir Guy in the end? Why? Why not?
2.      The Sheriff of Nottingham is a funny character. Do you like the characterization of this evil figure in this TV series. Why? Why not?
3.     In the original ballad "Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne", the sheriff's man is easily tricked and killed by Robin.  What do you think will   happen to him in the TV series?
4.       Which of the characters you saw in these fragments do you like best/ the least?


  1. Are you using this to teach children about history? Please say no! I have watched this series, and whilst moderately enjoyable, the idea of people basing their knowledge of history on it is horrifying!
    It is hideously politically correct and imposes modern liberal ideology and values onto the past with shameless impunity, completely going against everything historians stand for when it comes to not judging the past by the standards of the present.
    Not only does it barely take account of the views, beliefs and attitudes of past people as they were (replacing them with modern ones), one episode depicts Medieval British people as superstitious ignorant idiots in a manner that is not only condescending, but downright insulting.
    And the costumes- cowboy hats and catsuits in the 12th century- need I say more?

  2. I don't teach history. I mainly teach these Italian teenagers English as a foreign language. So these activities are meant to motivate them to listen, read and watch English materials that may be fun for them.
    We will study some history and literature in the final years of their course, when they are (I hope) more proficient in the language.