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Robin Hood is a heroic outlaw in English folklore. He was a highly skilled archer, swordsman and was known for ‘robbing from the rich and giving to the poor’, given a hand by a band of fellow outlaws known as his ‘Merry Men’. Tradition has Robin and his men as wearing Lincoln green clothes and living in Sherwood Forest.

Robin Hood became a popular folk hero in the medieval period. In the earliest sources Robin is a yeoman (old word for a man that owned the land that he worked on) but he was often later portrayed as an aristocrat (peer of the realm e.g. Lord, Lady, Duke, Baron, Earl) wrongfully dispossessed of his lands and made into an outlaw by an unscrupulous sheriff.

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The oldest references to Robin Hood are not from historical records nor ballads recounting his exploits but clues and references found in various works dating from 1228 onwards. The names ‘Robinhood’, ‘Robehod’ or ‘Robbehod’ occur in the records of several English Justices. The majority of these references date from the late 13th century between 1261 and 1300. There are at least eight references to ‘Rabunhod’ in various regions across England, from Berkshire in the south to York in the north.

There are numerous ballads, stories, films and TV series relating to Robin Hood are far too many to be listed here. I believe that the movies and stories are all based on a character of legend which in all probability is base a real person or a composite of several people but nevertheless they are great stories of one who fights for the common man, injustice and against tyranny. This is probably why they have stood the test of time.

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According to the modern version we have Robin as the Earl of Huntingdon, A.K.A. Robin of Loxley and Robin of the Hood, Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, Maid Marian, Much the Miller’s Son, Richard at the Lee and of course the baddies the Sheriff of Nottingham and Guy of Gisborne. Note: Friar Tuck and Maid Marian are not motioned in any of the earlier tales or ballads.

Richard the Lionheart (8th September 1157 – 6th April 1199) was King of England from 6th July 1189 until his death (although King Richard wasn’t the king in the earliest Robin Hood ballads). Count John (the youngest of five sons of King Henry II) conspired with the king of France and was hoping to seize power for himself whilst King Richard was off in the Holy Land fighting the Saracens (lead by Saladin) to win back Jerusalem. When King Richard returned, John fled England. Most of John’s supporters quickly surrendered to King Richard. John succeeded as king after Richard’s death.

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