THE LIFE OF LEGENDS
Laurie Taylor celebrates St George’s Day by taking a tilt at two of England’s greatest legends, Lady Godiva, the naked lady on a horse, and Robin Hood, man in tights.
Laurie is joined by three great story-tellers and cultural critics who explain where stories come from and how and why they change.
Daniel Donoghue is a medievalist who became intrigued when he realised that the historical Lady Godiva bore little relation to her much more famous legend, Stephen Knight has spent the better part of ten years exploring the Green Wood and charting Robin’s metamorphosis from trickster to social bandit to defender of liberal democracy and Marina Warner has wandered the highways and byways of myth and legend throughout her career and is currently preoccupied with some of the effects of globalisation on who gets to tell which stories.
Professor of English, Harvard University
Lady Godiva: A Literary History of the Legend
Professor at the School of English, Communications and Philosophy at the University of Cardiff
Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography
Cornell University Press
Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw
World of Myth introduction by MarinaWarner
British Museum Press
Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds
Oxford University Press
ISBN 0 19 818726 2
Alone Of All Her Sex – The Myth and Cult of The Virgin Mary
Vintage ISBN 0099 28449 9
Joan Of Arc – The Image of Female Heroism
Weidenfeld and Nicolson
ISBN 0 297 77638X
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