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Robin Hood

A famous outlaw in English folklore that was said to take from the rich and give to the poor. In earlier texts he was said to a commoner but some later versions of the tale elevated him to the status of a noble, which was once the Earl of Huntingdon. He was also followed around by his band of Merry Men, which included Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet and even sometimes his later added love interest, Maid Marian. The exact number of men he had is unknown but it is believed he had at least twenty or as many as one hundred and forty. It is also told that he and his men made their home in Sherwood Forest.

Robin Hood fought against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham who was loyal to Prince John who had stolen the throne from his brother, Richard. Later stories introduced the Guy of Gisbourne, an assassin sent for Robin’s head who eventually became part of a love triangle with Marian.

There are many ballads based on his supposed life including ‘Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow’ where he entered an archery competition in disguise, that he knew to be a trap for him and won the golden arrow, humiliating the sheriff in the process. In modern times, it is still debated whether Robin Hood has ever existed, and if he had, where he lived. The most commonly accepted answer was that he was a Yorkshire man who roamed somewhere between Nottingham and Lincoln.

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