A review of the Legend by Virginia Cavazos
In the many ballads of old England, he was a hero, that the poor and oppressed in England sung of. He fought against the evil Prince John, and his tax collectors. Taxes they were forced to pay, until they had nothing more to give.
But is it fact or Legend?
The ballads say that King Richard Plantagenet was a good King. Giving him a noble title of Richard The Lion Hearted. Yet he was away more years from England then on her beloved soil. He became obsessed with fighting his Holy wars, and less concerned with helping his own people. Heavy taxes were laid throughout England. To support his battles in the crusades, and later to pay for a heavy ransom when he was captured by Leopold V, duke of Austria. He was fatally wounded by an arrow in an insignificant skirmish away from England, in 1199.
The Ballads depict Prince (later King) John Lackland of being a bad king. Yet as the King of England, on the south bank of the Thames on the plains of Runneymede. On June 15th, 1215. When the nobility rose up against him, he signed the Magna Carter.
The basis of all Democracy, that is still upholded today!
During a campaign, he died in battle, at Newark; in Nottinghamshire on October 19, 1216
So was there really a Robin Hood??
ballads are usually found between the years of 1100 and the 1400s.
Robin has had many names throughout the
Robins Merry Men
John Little, Little John.
Will Scarlet, William
Scatlocke, William Stutely, William Scathelock
I think the latter can be said for most of Robin's men. They needed a skill that thieves possessed, to stay one step ahead of the Princes guards.
The Lady Marion, Maid Marian
How did Robin die?
say that he took refuge at the Kirkless monastery, thinking he was safe.
Unaware that the Prioress, whom some say was his sister. Was poisoning him,
or as some of the ballads sing, he was being bled to death.
The Hardest evidence of whether Robin Hood lived. Are the three graves found in England.
I myself believe that Robin Hood existed. He was an ordinary man, that fought for what he believed in. Throughout the ages, many men found themselves in this situation. This was such a man, that the people, in thanks. Made him a Legend, that will live on in the centuries to come. Robin Hood has become known as a man that aided the poor. Fought against the rich, and banded a group of men to fight for his cause. He was an extraordinary man, who would have humbly denied being anything special. He was just fighting for something he deeply believed in.
will always be mine, as well as many generations to come-
Legend of Robin Hood Sites
The Wolfshead Bowman
Robin Hood Bold Outlaw of Barnsdale and Sherwood
Robin Hood Literature
an accumulation of what I've found all over the wonderful Internet.