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Robin Hood

Although not a major figure in Derbyshire, there are some Derbyshire connections, so we have included some interesting facts, stories and myths about this legend.

Time Line of Robin Hood

King Richard (the Lionheart) is King of England.
Legend has it that Robin Hood was active.
King John comes to the throne.
Henry III is King of England.
The Charter of the Forest relaxes Royal Forest laws.
A man called Robert Hood, is recorded as a fugitive in the York Assizes. Could this be the real man?
William Robehod, fugitive, is recorded in the King's Rememberances Memoranda Roll, perhaps proving to be the earliest evidence of the known legend.
A poem known as Piers Plowman makes reference to the Legend of Robin Hood.
The date of the first known surviving written versions of the oral legend.
Exciting discovery of the Foresters Manuscript (c1670) containing 21 ballads.
First meeting of the International Conference on Robin Hood Studies in USA.
Second meeting of the international conference at Nottingham.
The third biennial international conference at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

The opening to A Gest of Robyn Hode

Lythe and listin, gentilmen
That be of frebore blode
I shale you tel of a gode yeman
His name was Robyn Hode
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Last Updated : Friday, 01-Feb-2019
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