The Quest to Find Robin Hood
How Historians are searching for his true identity...
A brief history of Robin Hood..
Exactly who was Robin Hood, and what historical evidence do we have to prove it?
Possible historical candidates:
Theory #1: The real Robin Hood was in fact Roger Godbeard, who took the alias of Robin Hood to hide from authorities. Lots of his criminal activities support this idea, including robbing wealthy traverlers, poaching kings deer, and even leading a band of highwaymen in sherwood forest ("The Real Robin Hood,"2011). He also was notably captured by the sheriff of Nottingham, held and his jail, and tried in court for his crimes ("Was There a Real Robin Hood," 2010).
Theory #2: The name Robin Hood was just an alias used by common criminals, not just one person. Some court documents supported this idea, including the fact that some legal court systems in England shamed petty criminals by giving them the last name Robehod ("Robin Hood and his Historical Context," 2011).
Theory #3: Robert Hode was the real Robin Hood. According to documents, Robert was born around the medevil time Robin Hood lived, in 1225 ("The Real Robin Hood",2014). He also notably escaped prison, to romp around Sherwood forest under the name Hobbehod.
What modern day research reveals:
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My point of view:
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History.com Staff. "The Real Robin Hood." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 01 Jan. 2010. Web. 10 May 2016.
Ibeji, Dr. Mike. "Robin Hood and His Historical Context." BBC Nottingham. N.p., 2011. Web.
"Nottinghamshire Legends: Robin Hood." BBC Nottinghamshire. N.p., 2008. Web.
Parsons, Chris. "Is This the Grave of Robin Hood? Historian Claims Farmer Buried in an Unmarked Tomb Is the Outlaw behind the Legend." Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 2011. Web. 10 May 2016.
"Who Was Maid Marion?" History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2010. Web. 10 May 2016.