By Nigel Cawthorne
Who used to be Robin Hood? all through heritage the figures of the hooded guy of Sherwood wooded area and his band of outlaws have transfixed readers and audience; yet the place does the parable come from? the tale seemed out of the legend of the golf green guy yet discovered its situation through the reign of Richard II, the Lionheart, who was once clear of England battling within the crusades. In his absence his brother John lay waste to the rustic. yet does this inform the whole tale? was once Robin a bandit prince prior to a troop of brigands? Who used to be the Sherrif and was once he in truth the valid legislations within the land struggling with vigilantes?
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25 Christina and her two sisters, who largely remain silent at the edges of the story, were teenaged orphans, whose major challenge was how to make a living in the wake of their parents’ death. This bereavement placed them outside the social realm of being able to marry, and each sister had to perform menial tasks in order for the group of sisters to survive, with Christina, the youngest, performing the most menial and liminal, living as a shepherdess outside the city tending to their small flocks.
After her descent into the dead, Christina’s body is still very much physical, but it works with the physical and spiritual worlds in very different ways from how it had before; her body’s miracles showed spiritual favour and gifts from God to Christina and others for whom she offered her sacrifices. Her body levitated and could live among the treetops. It was also incorruptible – it could survive many physical assaults in order to undergo purgation without any physical effect upon her. For instance, ‘she crept into fiery ovens where bread was baking and was tormented by fires – just like any of us mortals – so that her howls were terrible to hear.
But even more, Christina’s story shows how she is able to blend the life of the demoniac ultimately to this vision of the penitential life. The very limits of female sanctity come into question in de Cantimpré’s text. Christina’s demoniac behaviours place her further outside the realm of traditional forms of female sanctity than the other ‘untraditional’ forms such as beguines. Yet, at the same time, Christina’s Life presents a very traditional picture of female sanctity – or at least traditional in male terms – for she becomes a sermon exemplum of the mediatorial roles of sacramental grace in de Cantimpré’s writing.
A Brief History of Robin Hood by Nigel Cawthorne