Short History of Robin Hood
A Pocket Essential
From medieval ballads to Hollywood movies, the legend of the folk hero in the forest has endured for centuries. Nick Rennison investigates candidates for the ‘real Robin’, explores the tale’s many reinventions and discusses their historical significance and impact.
The Unauthorized Biography
In pursuit of the man behind the stories, this investigation of the life and times of Sherlock Holmes treats the character as a real person. Nick Rennison interweaves detailed period research with clues from Arthur Conan Doyle's tales to place the famous Consulting Detective at the heart of some of Victorian London's most notorious criminal investigations, noted historical events and intellectual social circles.
From Pre-Raphaelites to Punk
Beginning with the 19th century, this anecdotal history explores the less conventional aspects of London society. Recalling incidents in the lives of some of the city’s most Bohemian inhabitants, including Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, the Bloomsburyites and Dylan Thomas, it reveals their eccentricities and discusses the places they frequented: the Café Royal, the Colony Room and the Gargoyle Club.