Things seem to be going wrong all at once! If it was just the lockdown due to COVID-19 it wouldn’t be too bad, but in the past two weeks I’ve had technical problems with my laptop, problems accessing my blog account, concerns about whether I’ll have a job to go back to, and the death of my aunt all making it difficult to organise my time.
That is why the articles
scheduled for the past week didn’t appear. Hopefully, I can
get back on track soon.
I don’t want to leave you
all without something to read, so I’m going to repeat an advertisement I made this time last year for my
Kindle book “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 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,
King Richard 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 to his death in 1391. 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
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 here. I’m not expecting a huge response. All I expect is that
people may get a new perspective on a familiar legend and, perhaps, realise
that the medieval world wasn’t how it is often presented.
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 please buy a copy.