The Robin Hood Trilogy will include the following titles:
- Robin Hood's Dawn
- Robin Hood's Widow
- Robin Hood's Return
Book 1, Robin Hood's Dawn, will be published January 16, 2018.
It will be available for pre-order at Amazon either late November or early December, 2017.
Although the final mysteries and conflicts will not be resolved until book 3, we have structured the trilogy so that books 1 and 2 do not end in cliffhangers.
The readers will not be left wondering whether the main characters will live or die, and we have endeavored to create a sense of completion in each of the first two books. Some story threads will be resolved, and some of the mysteries surrounding the main characters will be revealed in each of the first two books.
We think readers will be excited and eager for the next installment without suffering undue frustration at the endings of books 1 and 2.
No, these are not stand alone books.
Book 2 will not make much sense without reading book 1.
Likewise, book 3 will not be meaningful without having read books 1 and 2.
There are many wonderfully imaginative interpretations of the Robin Hood legend. The legends and ballads about Robin Hood evolved over centuries, and the truth is lost to the mists of time. Some legends put him in Sherwood Forest during the time of King Richard and King John. Other traditions place Robin Hood in Barnsdale Forest in the 1300s. Sometimes he is described as a noble; other times he is a yeoman.
The only truth is that there is no right or wrong Robin Hood story. As long as Robin's fans enjoy the tale, then the story is worthy of this legendary hero!
Although our story is unique and original, we have incorporated many elements of the familiar legends of Robin Hood. The Robin Hood Trilogy will feature a noble Robin who is battling a corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham. In our Trilogy, readers will meet many familiar characters from the Robin Hood legends and ballads: Maid Marian, Little John, Allan-a-dale, Much the Miller's son, Will Scarlet, Guy of Gisborne, and of course, the Sheriff of Nottingham! Readers will also meet real historical figures: King Stephen, King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard the Lionhearted, King Philippe II of France, and Prince John "the Lackland."
The Robin Hood Trilogy closely adheres to the timeline of real history (1154-1194). Our extensive research into the events of this time period will form an intricate framework for this unforgettable tale of adventure, mystery, and suspense!
No; these books are intended for an older audience: late teens and up.
Although the books are not sexually explicit, there are references to adult relationships between characters. There are also descriptions of violence, battles, and war-time atrocities. During intense scenes of heightened emotion, characters will sometimes use strong language.
In recent years, it has become fashionable to speculate about this, but it is impossible to know the answer with any certainty after so many centuries and without any definitive evidence. Both sides of this debate feel strongly about their theories, but there is no conclusive proof for either side. You can read more about the controversy here.
King Richard was married. He reportedly had at least one illegitimate child. He certainly hoped to sire a son to inherit his crown.
We have not addressed this controversy in the Robin Hood Trilogy. We mention Richard’s marriage to Berengaria of Navarre and his hope that his marriage would produce a son. Beyond that, we are allowing the readers to decide for themselves; they are free to imagine Richard according to their own beliefs.
In the trilogy, we have emphasized that the relationship between Richard and Robin is brotherly. Richard is nine years older than Robin, and he became Robin’s mentor when Robin’s father sent him to the court in Poitou at the age thirteen to further his studies and train for knighthood. Richard refers to Robin as “the brother of my heart,” a reference to both their close friendship and the estrangement between Richard and Prince John.
In the first book of the trilogy, Robin Hood's Dawn, we identify the date of Richard's coronation as September 3, 1189.
Historical accuracy is important to us, but we faced a conundrum here. About 60% of our sources said the coronation was September 13. The rest claimed it was September 3.
This coronation was the first in history to be described by an eyewitness in an account that survives to this day. The chronicler, Roger de Hoveden, wrote the following about the coronation of Richard I:
"[Richard] was consecrated and crowned king of England, at Westminster, in London, on the third day before the nones of September, being the Lord’s Day ..."
The "nones" is the fifth day of the month. Therefore, the third day before nones is the third of the month. The Lord's Day is Sunday, of course. During this time, the Julian calendar was in use. Using a calendar calculator for the Julian calendar date of September 3, 1189, we find that this day was a Sunday. September 13, 1189, was a Wednesday.
For these reasons, we selected September 3rd as the date of Richard's coronation. However, there are many historians whom we respect and admire who list the date as September 13th, and we humbly acknowledge that we don't know everything.
In the end, we had to choose a date, so we chose September 3rd.