A Brief History of Robin Hood by Nigel Cawthorne

By Nigel Cawthorne

Who was once Robin Hood? all through background the figures of the hooded guy of Sherwood woodland and his band of outlaws have transfixed readers and audience; yet the place does the parable come from? the tale seemed out of the legend of the fairway guy yet came upon its situation in the course of the reign of Richard II, the Lionheart, who was once clear of England scuffling with within the crusades. In his absence his brother John lay waste to the rustic. yet does this inform the entire tale? used to be Robin a bandit prince prior to a troop of brigands? Who was once the Sherrif and used to be he in truth the valid legislation within the land combating vigilantes?

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Andreae (1586–1654), who belonged to an important dynasty of Swabian Lutheranism, is the undisputed author of the novel published in 1616. He left at his death a rather considerable body of work. In his lifetime, he found himself prey to a great deal of harassment because the Protestant authorities strongly suspected him of being the source of the Rosicrucian myth that, with the publication of the two manifestoes (the Fama and the Confessio), enjoyed overwhelming success. 44 ❖ WESTERN ESOTERICISM Indeed, a great many writings either favorable to the contents of these two texts or directed against them immediately appeared in various countries.

An interest in mythology, considered as a system of keys hiding the secrets of the Great Work under allegories (thus, in the case of Clovis Hesteau de Nuysement, Traictez du vray Sel, 1621; or Willem Mennens, Aurei Velleris libri tres, 1604). This tendency goes back to the High Middle Ages. 2. A taste for fine illustrations (infra, 3). 3.

Robert Fludd (1574–1637) made the CH one of the foundations of his theosophy (Utriusque cosmic historia, 1617–1621; section III, 1), and Ralph Cudworth (The True Intellectual System of the Universe, 1678) used it to support his metaphysics. Athanasius Kircher, who studied its relationship with ancient Egyptian traditions (Oedipus aegyptiacus 1652–1654), contributed to reinforcing the wave of egyptophilia of modern times. Finally, this Hermetism also found 36 ❖ WESTERN ESOTERICISM its way into scientific discourses—thus, in Copernicus, who mentions the Trismegistus in his De Revolutionibus of 1543, in Johannes Kepler (Harmonices Mundi, 1619, section III, 1, 2)—and in the humanist Richard Burton (Anatomy of Melancholy, 1621).

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