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Robin Hood Fact or Fiction Robin Hood leader of the Merry Men of Sherwood forest has been the main figure for countless tales and stories as well as a controversial figure of historical research and information Even though the national hero is more folklore than proven historical fact there could be some truth behind these tales Robin Hood is one of Englands most enduring legends but the truth behind the myth has long been lost Historians believe that Robin Hood existed but exactly who he was remains a mystery Some say he was the lord Robin of Locksley Popular stories have Robin and his outlaws living in Sherwood Forest fighting for the people in the name of Richard the Lionheart against his evil brother Prince John He has always been looked at as the hero who took from the rich to give to the poor Throughout the medieval world legends told of monsters and dragons of valiant knights and of maidens in distress but why do these legends survive Is it because we can personally relate to what they have to say Is a legend actually an exaggeration of an original truth Such is the case with the legend of Robin Hood In legend Robin Hood is Englands greatest archer and the finest leader of men - an outlaw wrongly driven from his lands Robbing from the rich to give to the poor he is an inspiration for the downtrodden and oppressed The story of Robin Hood has been told the world over for hundreds of years It has been portrayed in poems plays and novels for seven centuries and today it appears in the movies on TV and even in cartoons But is it simply a story Indeed it sounds very much like the stuff of fantasy and dream However behind the tale there is historical truth a true story just as remarkable and romantic as the medieval myth The new discoveries
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