Let's continue with the search...
What if there was more than one Robin Hood?
There is, after all, more than one Arthur, so it stands to reason that there could be more than one Robin Hood as well. Maybe the name Robin Hood is merely a nom de plume.
The Major Oak of Sherwood.
Enough! Let's get back to the point...
In the 14th Century it was common if you were determined to devote yourself to a life of crime to be called "Robert's Men," and this seemed to become a real problem for the establishment.
‘What this Robin Hood was that hath raised a name to these kind of men called Roberdsmen, his followers..." Edward Coke (1552-1634) Chief Justice for James I.
Sir Edward Coke ~ Chef Justice of the King's Bench
This wasn't children pretending to be Robin while they played. This was serious stuff. How can we hope to find the real Robin Hood when every petty criminal was pretending to be him?
There is one, however, who may have been the real Robin Hood. Let head back to 1225 and more specifically to the 25th July.
"...the royal justice held their assizes in York...the penalties were recorded in the Exchequer Pipe Roll...in this document 32s. 6d. was levied from the chattels of Robert Hood, fugitive."
Michael Wood In Search of England.
This Robin was no peasant. This was a lot of money. This Robert, one can assume, was tenant of the Church of York, whose estate was near Barnsdale. Interesting, because Barnsdale is mentioned in the 14th Century ballads of Robin. Apart from that, we know nothing. Who was his family? Where did he come from? All we know is that he escaped justice and was labelled an outlaw.
Maybe we have found our Robin. But what of the rest of it. We need a Sheriff, and we need a rebellion and we need King John.
I'll get back to you on that one!
Absolutely loved this post! Actually, I enjoy them all. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Mary.xxxDelete