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Robin Hood More than an Outlaw Robin Hood steals lies cheats kills and is a hero Even though he committed many immoral acts they were for a good cause He committed these acts to help the people from the oppression of the corrupt government at the time Prince John who had unjustly seized the throne taxed his own people into poverty and stole from them to gain his wealth The church at the time was hypocritical and had no part in trying to help the oppressed people at all The church officials were only after profit and self gain while Robin Hoods rebellion against the church and government gave hope to the common people Robin Hood is considered to be a fictional character that rebelled against a hypocritical church and a corrupt government The Robin Hood legend has been popular for around 600 years Shannon 1 but the origin of Robin Hood is not known There is historical evidence that places Robin Hood anywhere between 1190 and 1305 White 1 Historians and researchers have a range of views but generally believe that Robin Hood was alive around the thirteenth century White 1 In Robins time few people could read or write and consequently little was written down about the exploits of our hero White 1 People of his day learned about Robin Hood through the ballad of wandering minstrels White 1 The first three chroniclers of the Robin Hood ballads were Scots who applauded the English law-breakers because King Edwards violence towards the Scots Shannon 1 Stories about the adventures of Robin have been told for over 600 years White 1 We do know that the earliest ballads celebrate a tradition of forest outlaws who opposed the mercantilism which were enclosing the land and destroying the natural economy of medieval peasantry Shannon 1 Most of our knowledge about Robin Hood comes from tales written before 1550 White 1 The earliest reference to Robin Hood is
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