From: "Brian Binns" <bnbinns(a)gmail.com>
You'll be telling us next that Maid Marian is based on a French
close to Charnwood Forest- the home of absolutely no famous legendary
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From: "BARBARA" <b.kilby-croft(a)sky.com>
> Hello everyone,
> What a beautiful day here in Robin Hood County! >
Red rag to a bull, that Barbara!
Everybody knows that Robin Hood was a Yorkshireman and that his
sphere of operation was not Sherwood but the Forest of Barnsdale which
once lay between Wakefield and Doncaster.
Nottinghamshire stole him! >
The origins of Robin Hood and whether he ever really existed at all have
long been the subject of much speculation by historians. There's an
interesting book called "Robin Hood: The Man Behind The Myth" by
Graham Phillips & Martin Keatman, who describe themselves as
historical detectives (Michael O'Mara Books, 1995) which makes a
reasonable case for Robin having been a peasant revolutionary from
Wakefield called Robert Hood or Hode and that his area of operation
was, as I said, the Forest of Barnsdale. He may have strayed into
Nottingham now and then but most authorities think he was a
My own belief is that he was probably an amalgam of several people.
However, since the whole saga is enmeshed in medieval romanticism,
myth, legend and downright invention, it's unlikely we shall ever know the
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