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Robin and Marion: The First Celebrity Couple?

Robin and Marian before Nottingham and the Merry Men.

Robin Hood Memorial

Photo: Olaf1541

A statue of Robin Hood in his supposed home of Nottingham

Le Jeu de Robin et Marion or The Play of Robin and Marion remains Adam de la Halle’s greatest hit. Many know of the story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian told through countless books and movies, but this was not the Robin and Marion known to de la Halle. In the version heard here, Marion is a shepherdess and Robin a knight who defends her from the evil knight Aubert. While the Robin and Marian of English origin undoubtedly are related to the older pastoral Robin and Marian, Adam de la Halle did not write his music for a character that robbed from the rich and gave to the poor.

Music Heard On This Episode

Adam de la Halle: Mout me fu/Robin m'aime/Portare
Ensemble Micrologus — Le Jeu de Robin et Marion (Zig Zag Territoires, 2003)
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Adam de la Halle: Mout me fu/Robin m'aime/Portare
Ensemble Micrologus — Le Jeu de Robin et Marion (Zig Zag Territoires, 2003)
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Adam de la Halle: La Quarte estampie real
Ensemble Micrologus — Le Jeu de Robin et Marion (Zig Zag Territoires, 2003)
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Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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