"these favourite books, the principle characters of which were Orlando, Robin Hood, Amadis, and St George"

   Clerval's youthful preference for "books of chivalry and romance" is typical for his time, Orlando Furioso (See note to page 46) and Amadis de Gaula being prime examples of a genre which had been both beloved and maligned throughout the early modern period, associated by many with a reckless idealism in the face of reality.  The presence of St. George and Robin Hood on his roster of favourites seems to reflect the popular reading of Mary Shelley's England more than Victor Frankenstein's Geneva. 







Robin Hood statue near Nottingham Castle, (2001)
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeRobin Hood statue near Nottingham Castle,  James Woodford, (1952) - Credit: Olaf1541

Online edition of Ariosto's 'Orlando Furioso' as translated and abridged by John Hoole (1791)

Online edition of various ballads concerning 'Robin Hood', compiled and edited as a history by Joseph Ritson (originally published 1795)

Online edition of Montalvo's 'Amadis de Gaula', as translated and abridged by Robert Southey (1803)

Online edition of St. George's entry in Jacobus de Voragine's 'The Golden Legend, or Lives of the Saints', as translated by William Caxton (1483)