Did Robin of Loxley exist?

Did Robin of Loxley exist?

The earliest documented literary mention to Robin Hood and his companions, however, was in 1377, and the Sloane manuscripts in the British Museum include an account of Robin's biography that indicates he was born about 1160 in Lockersley (most likely modern-day Loxley) in South Yorkshire. This account also states that he became a priest after leaving school at the age of 17.

Several other medieval writers described him as if he were a real person, including one writer who called him "Robin of Loxley." However, none of these other writers claim to have known him or to have seen any of his belongings. The first definite proof that Robin Hood existed comes from 15th-century poet Geoffrey Chaucer. In his work "The Canterbury Tales," one of his characters mentions him: "Th'erds loketh eke wel forto shoon Robyn Hode." which means "The trees look too well for someone named Robin Hood."

In addition to this evidence, several locations around England are claimed to be his home town, but most historians believe they are just names used by poets or storytellers to make their tales more interesting. One location that is not a fictional name is Loxley, where some people still celebrate Robin Hood every year with a festival that includes a parade.

There are also some coins that feature Robin on them.

Was there really a Robin of Loxley?

Robin Hood was born at Loxley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, according to a legend stretching back at least to the end of the 16th century. The original Robin Hood songs, written in the fifteenth century, take place in the medieval woodland of Barnsdale. Although they no longer exist, once-extensive forests covered most of southern Yorkshire, including all of Barnsdale.

The first definite evidence of someone called Robin Hood comes from 1556, when he is mentioned in dispatches sent by King Edward IV to the mayor and aldermen of London. The notes say that "a certain Robin Hood" has taken up arms against the king's grandfather, Henry VIII, who had executed his father, Edward IV.

It seems likely that this Robin Hood is the same person as the legendary outlaw of Sherwood Forest. It's even possible that he served time in prison after murdering the husband of his lover (because killers don't usually get married with friends just so they can go and be killed by their wives).

At any rate, he must have done something right because Edward IV decided to make him an honorary gentleman and send him back to Sherwood Forest to live among the trees.

Here's where things start to get weird. According to some historians, Edward IV died in 1483 and his son, Richard III, didn't become king until 1485.

Where was Robin Hood born? Where was Loxley?

If the "Sloane Manuscript" of 1600 is to be believed, Robin was born in Loxley. Despite the fact that "Loxley" provided the basis for the song character, he was not born there. Loxley can be found in Warwickshire, Staffordshire, and Yorkshire.

Robin Hood's father was called Walter. His mother was called Marion. They lived at Sutton Courtenay in Berkshire. Robin had two brothers named John and Henry. He also had a sister named Matilda who died when she was only nine years old. Her body was buried in the church of St. Mary's at Brackenborough near her home in Berkshire.

When Robin was still a child, his father went to war against the king. While they were away, his mother brought up Robin and his siblings by herself. When their father returned from war, he wanted to make sure that they would always have food to eat. So he built them a small house inside the walls of a castle called Kenilworth. This would later become Robin's home when he grew up.

Kenilworth was located in Warwickshire which is where Robin's birth date is estimated to be. This date is based on an entry in the Sloane Manuscript which says that Robin died on August 31st 1160. If this is true then it means that he was only 37 years old when he died.

Did Robin Longstride exist?

Robin Hood's historicity is unknown and has been questioned for ages. There have been various allusions to historical persons with similar names presented as plausible evidence of their existence, some dating back to the late 13th century. In fact, the poet Geoffrey Chaucer included a character named "Robyn Hode" in his work The Canterbury Tales.

The first certain reference to someone called Robin Hood is in a law court case dated 11 March 1250. This document describes how a man named Robyn Hod or Hobyngham was accused of stealing horses from the king's stable. It is not known whether these were indeed King Henry III's horses or not, but either way they must have been stolen quite recently as there were still horse marks on some of them. The case comes from the Court of King's Bench which means that it was heard by judges rather than by a jury. It can therefore be assumed that this person was not a commoner but instead belonged to one of the king's retinues. The case shows that he was given a warning not to repeat the offence and if he did then he would be punished. There is no further mention of him in legal documents.

A few years later another incident is recorded in a different part of England. This time the crime in question was murder. A man named Robert Hod appears in court for killing another man during a fight over a woman.

Is Robin Hood a true story?

Meanwhile, historians have scoured the historical record for evidence of a real Robin Hood. The oldest literary references to Robin Hood emerge in a series of 14th and 15th-century songs about a violent yeoman who lived with his men in Sherwood Forest and regularly battled with the Sheriff of Nottingham. It is believed that the poems may have been inspired by real-life events. However, there is no conclusive proof that Robin Hood was ever alive, let alone that he had anything to do with outlaws robbing from the rich and giving to the poor.

However, despite not being a real person, Robin Hood remains popular to this day. Many stories have been told about him through the ages, including one version where he is shown fighting against tyranny and injustice with his bow and arrow.

He has appeared in many films and television shows over the years, most often portrayed by actor Gary Grant. Other famous faces include John Cleese (as Sherlock Holmes), Michael Caine, Peter O'Toole, Desmond Lynam, and Eric Porter.

Robin Hood is said to have robbed from the rich and given to the poor. But it is not known when or where he first started this action. Some sources claim he was active in 1199 but others rule him out as being born before 1150. He certainly died before 1215 when his last recorded act was done.

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