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Robin and Marion: The First Celebrity Couple?

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.

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