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Old November 30th, 2006, 05:40 PM   #1
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Robin Hood?


What are the odds that someone like Robin Hood was a real person? Was the story written about real events?
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Old November 30th, 2006, 07:14 PM   #2

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I researched Robin Hood for my High School Senior paper. I wish I still had it.

I don't remember everything I found, but I think that Robin Hood was based on a real person, or a number of people, but that the story itself was developed later. And I think the person (or people) it was based on was a criminal that lived in the woods. I don't remember anything about giving to the poor though.
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Old December 1st, 2006, 03:52 AM   #3
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I agree with Pisces. It might have been made from many stories of thieves and other criminals that eventualy turned in to legends and at some time in history all the stories were put into one.
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There were many outlaws living in the forests during the Middle Ages, many were veterans of the wars against France and social outcasts.
I doubt they gave what they stole to the poor, they were more concerned with their own survival yet may have been supported by the local Saxon people who were resentful of their Norman overlords. The peasantry had more in common with the outlaws, with a shared background and language.
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Old December 10th, 2006, 12:48 PM   #5

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I have also come across the same things that everyone has said. However, I do want to add something to this since it does talk about myths. I have stumbled across some sources which give credit to the original Robin Hood ballads to either John of Gaunt or a literary knight known as John Montague. Again, this is all mere speculation, but I would like to see what you all think about this.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 09:58 PM   #6

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Well I look at many books and most said that Robin Hood was a Angol-Saxon who was a duke. Then he fell from grace when the Normans invaded England. He kpet his title but wasn't look as a important. The Lord he was supoost to report to was cruel just b/c he was norman and the sefs where angol-saxon. Thus the story of Robin Hood... that is the best i could wirte without looking at the books again...
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Old December 20th, 2006, 02:50 AM   #7

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Well actually i believe that the Legend of Robin Hood is based on a true story, exaggerated from people in the pass of time.
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Old December 22nd, 2006, 12:26 AM   #8

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http://myweb.ecomplanet.com/kirk6479...ompage0029.htm

About the existence of Robin Hood
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Old February 21st, 2007, 11:56 PM   #9
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Re: Robin Hood?


You might wish to read Maurice Keen's The Outlaws of Mediaeval Legend (London & New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1961, 1977, 1987).
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You might wish to read Maurice Keen's The Outlaws of Mediaeval Legend (London & New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1961, 1977, 1987).
You may also wish to read J. C. Holt's Robin Hood (London: Thames & Hudson, 1982, 1989).
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