The first mention of robin hood comes from the medieval poem piers plowman in the 1370s but mostly as a brief reference to the rhymes of robyn hood the ballads depicting his adventures dont appear until the 15th century well after the historical figure who may have inspired them existed historians believe that the earliest likely candidate for the real robin hood was a man . The subtitle of this book promises the true history behind the legend and this book delivers on that claim the book starts with a summary of the robin hood legend as commonly understood in the 21st century english speaking world and then proceeds to shoot many holes in that story going back to the 14th century to find the original stories of robin hood. Robin hood became a hero over the centuries and has been immortalized in books art and movies as well as a figure of admiration stealing from the rich and giving to the poor this brief history explores the truth behind the myths and the realities behind the images and reveals an unexpected story that hits close to home. A brief history of robin hood in 1267 a man named roger godberd who had been outlawed for fighting against the king during the second barons war took up residence in the forest of sherwood along with a number of other outlaws of whom he was apparently the leader he was caught and imprisoned by the sheriff of nottingham but escaped the sheriff pursued him for several years including
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