Podcast 41: Robin Hood And Chivalry

Prof. Stephen Knight, author of Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography, is a guest on the show to discuss the medieval roots of the legends of the “noble outlaw of Sherwood,” and to explain how this infamous yeoman became an icon of chivalry, liberty and justice.

Plus: A visit with Dr. Bohdi Sanders, martial arts instructor and author of the Warrior Wisdom series; and music from the Gypsy/Celtic fusion duo Glancing Love.

Quicklinks — Learn more about the books and programs featured in this podcast episode by using the following links:
Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography by Prof. Stephen Knight;
Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path by Dr. Bohdi Sanders and Loren Christensen
• Along The Enchanted Way from Glancing Love

Segment 1: Women Exercise Their Chivalry

Does a woman have to be a powerless spectator to live by the customs of chivalry? The advice website Ask Men offered some suggestions as to how women can be chivalrous (and still ladylike) in the age of gender equality:
• Is Chivalry Still Alive? (And if so, do women play a part in it in today’s society?)
• Guys, see how you rate with Ask Men’s Top 10 Gentlemanly Gestures.

Segment 2: Robin Hood And Chivalry

Robin Hood is one of the most enduring legends of the Middle Ages, and these stories have evolved throughout the centuries to reflect the changing ideals of society. Prof. Stephen Knight joins Scott to talk about Robin Hood, from the first written legends of the 14th century, to the new movie version of the story (directed by Ridley Scott) which will give audiences a first depiction of the “hero-outlaw” in the post 9/11 world.

• Buy Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography by Prof. Stephen Knight;
• Read Prof. Knight’s translation (with Thomas Ohlgren) of one of the earliest Robin Hood tales, Robin Hood and the Potter, originally published in Robin Hood and Other Outlaw Tales;
The Robin Hood Project (hosted by the Univ. of Rochester) presents many original texts of Robin Hood literature, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century;
• Allan Wright’s website Bold Outlaw offers many interviews and articles by Robin Hood specialists, including a photo gallery of the real Sherwood Forest, an interview with Prof. Stephen Knight, and a Beginner’s Guide to Robin Hood;
• Visit the website of Robin Hood The Movie with more details about the film, cast and crew;
• Below: Watch the trailer for Robin Hood, which opens in the U.S. on May 14, 2010.

Segment 3: Chivalry In Warrior Wisdom

• Buy The Warrior’s Path, the third and final installment in the Warrior Wisdom series by martial arts instructor Dr. Bohdi Sanders;
• Read more thoughts on chivalry and honor in Dr. Sanders’ blog, The Wisdom Warrior;
• Learn more about Dr. Sanders’ background and experience in the martial arts;
• Below, watch Bohdi Sanders video, Meditation on Wisdom.

Segment 4: The Music of Glancing Love

Learn more about the Gypsy/Celtic Renaissance duo Glancing Love at their website – plus, enter our drawing to win a free download of their latest album, Along The Enchanted Way, in Chivalry Today’s Listener Challenge for May.

Next Month on Episode 42: Scott talks with Prof. Philip Adamo, director of the Medieval Minnesota program at Augusburg College where high school students get to spend a week in the Middle Ages; plus, a conversation with William Gurstelle about “the art of living dangerously” and the craft of catapult building.