Robin Hood

Robin Hood Statue, Nottingham
Robin Hood Statue, Nottingham

This section of the website is concerned with Robin Hood - the man. It also seeks to explore the endurance of the legend in history and aims to provide a window into my research that led to the writing of my first book, Robin Hood: The Unknown Templar. The reasons for the book lie in history. Its primary aim to enlighten and explore. My interest in Robin Hood began as long ago as I can remember, and will undoubtedly continue for as long as memory will serve. My quest has been lifelong, and I firmly believe its contributions to the history have been useful. Whether you agree with my conclusions or not, I leave in your own capable hands.

To my mind, the greatest problem any researcher is destined to encounter with the search for a real-life Robin Hood is the confusion over the time that he lived, a matter made all the more difficult by his curious promotion from yeoman to earl by chroniclers of the 16th century. Without question, there is no Robert Earl of Huntingdon lying underneath that little stone that once lay in the grounds of what was formerly Kirklees Priory. Still, this does not discount the possibility that the remains of at least one member of another group of outlaws who lived over one hundred years later may yet rest in peace on the celebrated site.

As the last century has demonstrated, myth and legend are often nothing more than history that was either forgotten or misunderstood. Thanks to Schliemann and his contemporaries, we now know that Troy is a city that really existed. Thanks to Carter et al. Tutankhamen is renowned as perhaps the most famous of the Egyptian pharaohs.

Amazing how the jigsaw of history fits together – provided you place the pieces in the correct places.