Robin Hood -- Bold Outlaw of Barnsdale and Sherwood

ROBIN HOOD RESOURCES ONLINE

"Lythe and listin, gentilmen,
That be of frebore blode;
I shall you tel of a gode yeman,
His name was Robyn Hode."
-A Gest of Robyn Hode
(An early printed Robin Hood ballad)

The Robin Hood legend has delighted audiences for over 600 years. This site offers historical and literary information on the legendary stories of England's best-loved outlaw and his band of Merry Men. Learn about the entire legend from the earliest medieval ballads and May Games to the latest films. Like the adventures of Robin Hood, these resources are intended for everyone: students and scholars, longtime fans and beginners, children and adults.

Follow the graphic or text menus below to begin your journey into the history and myth of Robin Hood, bold outlaw of Barnsdale and Sherwood.

Nearly all the articles are written by Allen W. Wright, an independent scholar who has spoken at several international academic conferences on the Robin Hood legend, appeared in radio and TV documentaries and been published in the scholarly collection Bandit Territories. The site and its creator were featured on the TV documentary Robin Hood: The First Outlaw Hero. This site was established in 1997 and is constantly updated.


Information on the Legend of Robin Hood

To learn basic information about the Robin Hood characters, go to the Beginner's Guide. There are pages about Bold Robin, Little John, Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet and the other heroes and villains of Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire and Barnsdale (sometimes spelled Barnesdale) and Loxley / Locksley, Yorkshire. If you've never heard about Robin's great feats of longbow archery, then this is the section for you.

Wolfshead Through the Ages will fill you in on the literary history of Robin Hood and how the stories have changed over time. For example, the Robin Hood of the earliest ballads did not rob from the rich to give to the poor.

The Search for A Real Robin Hood looks at candidates for the "real" medieval outlaws behind the greenwood legend. You'll also learn about the real Sheriff of Nottingham, King Richard the Lionheart, Prince John and the facts behind the folklore.

Travel to "Robin Hood Country" with Robin Hood -- A Personal Journey. This section describes visits to Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, Kirklees, Barnsdale, York and other locations where Robin supposedly shot his bow and arrow. It also explores the webmaster's personal love of the legend.

Spotlight of the Month features reviews of novels, television shows, movies, plays, beloved kids' books and more. Check to see if I've thrown a spotlight on your favourite book, TV show or movie. Is there a childhood classic about the outlaw hero that you would like me to cover?

Elsewhere on the site. you can find Robin Hood ballads, interviews, a message board, images, links and a whole lot more information about the adventures of the Merry Men. For more details, click on the Introduction and What's New page. Students can also visit the "For Students" section, which features an FAQ on how to use this site and offers answers to some basic questions about Robin Hood.

Many authors, playwrights and musicians have told tales of these rogues. Boldoutlaw.com is dedicated to not only the tellers of the tale, but also to the audience that keeps the legend alive. I hope you enjoy the site and pass on the Robin Hood stories for the next generation to enjoy.

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| INTRODUCTION AND WHAT'S NEW | A BEGINNER'S GUIDE | ROBIN HOOD TALES: Ballads and Stories |
| WOLFSHEAD THROUGH THE AGES: The History of Robin Hood | THE SEARCH FOR A REAL ROBIN HOOD |
| SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH | ROBIN HOOD - A PERSONAL JOURNEY | THE PICTURE GALLERY |
| INTERVIEWS IN SHERWOOD | THE BLUE BOAR INN: Message Board | LEGENDARY LINKS | POOK'S HILL |

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