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Is the legend of Robin Hood based upon a real character in history? Many people believe so. If this is true, then the story of Robin Hood would read something like:
Robin was born in the village of Loxley in Hallamshire [a lost shire of the West Riding of the traditional county of Yorkshire].
Robin was raised by a local yeoman (a common peasant man of the time).
It is rumoured that Robin was somehow connected to Scottish royalty – possibly related to the first Earl of Huntingdon who became David I King of Scotland (1084 – 1153).
The Loxley yeoman was a well respected foot soldier, hunter and skilled bowman & he taught Robin well.
Robin went to the 3rd crusade (1189 – 1192) and fought alongside England’s King Richard I (Richard the Lionheart). Robin was highly regarded as a soldier, a leader of men and an expert archer.
On his return to England, Robin’s home was in ruins and his village friends in despair. Things had not gone well in his absence.
He soon became antagonistic to the local officials of King John ( the brother of King Richard, who was the acting sovereign power of England in the absence of Richard).
He assumed the life of an ‘outlaw’ and took refuge in the local woods (called Loxley Chase) which were the small northern part of the mighty Sherwood Forest. He met many other outlaws who he befriended and soon became leader of.
In a short time he became the enemy of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Guy of Gisbourne (a mercenary assassin) was hired to deal with the outlaw now called Robin the Hood. Robin defeated the assassin in mortal combat and the legend of Robin the Hood grew. He became more simply known as Robin Hood.
Stories about Robin Hood and his band of outlaws (the merry men) are numerous. These stories involve some principal characters (ref. Friar Tuck, Little John, Alan-a-dale, Maid Marion, Sheriff of Nottingham)
Robin of Loxley – through his romanticised alter ego Robin Hood became a symbol of Anglo-saxon resistance to the rule of the Normans. [some compare the legend of Robin Hood with the true story of Hereward the Wake who was famously associated with the Battle of Ely in c.1070].
Robin Hood is rainbow-linked with the Hooded Crow
(ref. RL – Hooded Crow – Native Bird)