Monday, May 15, 2006

Robin Hood and Maid Marian (Marion)

Robin Hood and Maid Marian / Marion were the Romeo and Juliet of Old England. In The Adventures of Robin Hood Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) is at first very much on the side of the Normans until Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) took her into Sherwood Forest to see for herself the conditions under which the poor of England were suffering. It is said that in real life Olivia de Havilland found Errol Flynn's charms equally irresistible.

The film Robin and Marian was based on the final days of the couple's lives. Robin Hood (Sean Connery) returns from the Crusades, a wiser but older man, to find himself the subject of many a ballad in praise of the days of his youthful escapades. Maid Marian (Audrey Hepburn) leaves the convent to renew their intimate romance, and try and soothe his restless spirit.

Robin of Sherwood gave us a more youthful and realistic portrayal of the relationship. Here we see the dashing young couple on horseback, Robin Hood (Michael Praed) having rescued Maid Marion (Judi Trott) from the clutches of the evil sorcerer Baron de Belleme.

See also: Robin Hood and Maid Marian's wedding, Robin and Marian's statue, the 1950's Robin Hood television series version of the relationship, and Maid Marion picture gallery. To see an aerial photograph of the church in which Robin and Marian were married click here. (Comments box has advice if not sure how to use).

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