â€œtwo medieval heroesâ€
the question of â€œwho would win in a fightâ€
so the time periods are collapsed in peopleâ€™s minds
One is top down and the other is bottom up. Two ends of social spectrum.
not a lot of ways to sell things using a King, but lots from Robin Hood
King Arthur flour and Robin Hood flour
also RH beer
2 BBCs series of overlapping
usually Arthur is the tragedy
RH is comedy
But BBC is tragic, because kill off Marian
and Arthur and Merlin are always joking, showing comedy
How are they alike? (Chaucerâ€™s yeoman and RH)
serves the noblest pilgrim
lives in the forest
Chaucer, in his biography, he was robbed 3x by the Briarley Gang. Horse stolen out from under him. Going to royal manors and paying the builders. Briarley Gang robbed him 3x in 2 days. Shortly after that Chaucer quit the job. Robbed him at the Foul Oak.
William Langland talked about how everyone knows the Rhymes of RH. They are sung in all the taverns.
Chaucer doesnâ€™t give Yeoman a tale. Guessing it was a RH ballad, if he had one.
It is connect the dots. Dots, but no links.
No direct evidence that Chaucer would have written about RH, but would have known
Audience: Medievalism is a huge movement in the 19th C. Used medievalism for the political right and left.
Prince of Thieves also attaches RH to royalty.