Robin Hood

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Robin Hood is a heroic outlaw in English folklore. A highly skilled archer and swordsman, he is known for "robbing from the rich and giving to the poor,"[1] assisted by a group of fellow outlaws known as his "Merry Men."[2] Traditionally Robin Hood and his men are depicted wearing Lincoln green clothes.[3] The origin of the legend is claimed by some to have stemmed from actual outlaws, or from ballads or tales of outlaws.[4] However, Jack Whyte, who specialises in historical fiction, has suggested that the origins of the mythical hero may lie with Scottish hero William Wallace.[5]

Robin Hood became a popular folk figure starting in medieval times continuing through modern literature, films, and television. In the earliest sources Robin Hood is a commoner, but he was often later portrayed as an aristocrat wrongfully dispossessed of his lands and made into an outlaw by an unscrupulous sheriff. The books often had political-cultural undertones, championing Saxons (ethnic English) as heroes and the Normans (who had conquered England in 1066) as unjust tyrants.[6]

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