From day one I’ve resisted the temptation to include advertising on my blog. However, today I’m going to make an exception because I have just had my first Kindle book published. It’s called “Robin Hood – Out of the Greenwood: His Gay Origins Revealed”.
I began researching this
book long before I began this blog. At the time I was working as a tour guide
at Nottingham Castle, and we were discouraged from mentioning Robin Hood. The
city council who paid my wages insisted that someone who broke the law was not
a good role model, and that he didn’t exist anyway. Even today the same council
do next to nothing to promote Robin Hood. Even so, tourists were always wanting
to know about Robin Hood and it was necessary to answer their questions.
Robin Hood has been
mentioned on this blog a few times. A lot of these mentions have been in
relation to the theory I expand in my new book. Basically, I believe that Sir
John Clanvowe, a poet and courtier, was the person most likely to have compiled
the ballad which was later printed as “A Geste of Robyn Hode”. It is in this
ballad that we get all of the most familiar stories about this world famous
outlaw which have been retold in thousands of books, films and television
programmes ever since (along with a few later additions, like Maid Marian,
Friar Tuck and Prince John, none of whom featured in the medieval ballads).
The theory is based on
research I conducted into Sir John Clanvowe and the man acknowledged during his
lifetime as the man he “married”. This partner was Sir William Neville, the
Constable of Nottingham Castle from 1381. A lot of the characters and plot
details in “A Geste of Robyn Hode” seem to be based on people, places and
events in Sir William Neville’s family background. You can type “Clanvowe” into
the search box at the side to find out more about this couple.
It was only after I left
Nottingham Castle (not from choice) that I was able to do more extensive
research, and eventually I put it all together in a display for Nottingham’s
first celebration for LGBT History Month in 2008. From there I began writing
the book, which has undergone several revisions since then.
My theory is too complex
to be restricted to a few blog posts, so a fuller explanation in book form was
the only way to go.
As my book is now
published on Kindle Amazon (on Amazon.co.uk here) I’m not expecting a huge
response. All I expect is that people get a new perspective on a familiar
legend and, perhaps, realise that the medieval world wasn’t how they might
It is my hope that this
will be the first in a series of books based on some of my blog articles and on
other, non-lgbt, history research.
That’s enough advertising
for now. If you’re interested, take a look and buy a copy.