Robin Hood (2/6)

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The legend of Robin Hood is perhaps Britain’s most popular folklore tale, having been adapted into numerous media including television, films, books and videogames. Furthermore, the area in which Robin Hood was said to have lived with his merry band of outlaws, Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, has become a world-renowned tourist attraction famous for its association with him. For those unfamiliar, the legend goes that Robin Hood and his band of merry men were a group of noble outlaws operating during the Medieval period in England, who made it their mission to steal from the rich in order to give to the poor.

In the stories, it is chronicled that he fought with King Richard the Lionheart during the Crusades, only to return home to England to find his lands seized by the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham, whose oppressive tax laws caused much suffering for the peasant population of Nottinghamshire. The historical status of the brave outlaw and his band of merry men has been fiercely debated for centuries, however there seems to be some consensus that outlaws like Robin Hood did exist, but not exactly as the legend describes.

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