The History of Robin Hood
Ted Anthony Roberts
The greatest event of the Middle Ages was Robin Hood!
He remains prominent in literature,
poetry, and modern movies. In 1938, Errol Flynn, Hollywood actor
extraordinaire, placed him on top, in The Adventures of Robin
Hood - which remains, by far, the greatest of all Swashbuckling classics! Even though
Errol made Robin known, he was not
the first actor to portray him, nor indeed was he created for Errol. The
legend has lasted since the early
thirteenth century, when Mediaeval English folks made references to the
ballads of Robin Hood.
But whether this outlaw had
actually lived or not, remains a mystery.
The earliest account, dated about 1400
A.D., is entitled: "A little
Gest of Robyn Hode."
stories place Robyn,
not in Sherwood, but in a Forest located approximately
40 miles north, called Barnsdale; and Hode of
the Gest is not within Richard I.ís reign, but Edward II., in the 1320's,
and not the 1190ís.
If we are to believe the movie "Braveheart,"
from Mel Gibson, Edward I. was a rough ruler,
who left his son, Edward II.,
a kingdom in slight
The Duke of Lancaster
led a rebellious army, and was on his
way to join Robert the
Bruce in Scotland to fight against Edward II., but Edward heard!
Sending an army to stop Lancaster, while the rebels were at Bourobridge, a
great battle ensued, and Lancaster's army
was defeated. Rebels, not wanting to be captured, ran
into local forests for refuge, becoming outlaws.
Historian Joseph Hunter believed
Robin may have been one of these rebels,
who fled to Barnsdale.
because of the rebellion,
a peace mission, and the Gest says that
after Edward forgave him, Robyn joined him. Incredibly,
Hunter found several references
More on Robyn at: www.swashbucklingpress.com/tedanthonyroberts.htm
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