For centuries people have asked that.
Here's a look at real outlaws that may have inspired or been inspired by Robin Hood and the Merry Men, and historical information on the real Sheriffs of Nottingham, kings of England and others.
Prepare for the quest to find that elusive outlaw of Sherwood and Barnsdale, and you might discover the facts behind the folklore.
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Learn about the Robin Hood of the 1220s, the Robin Hood of the 1320s and more possible inspirations for the outlaw
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Learn about King Richard the Lionheart, the dastardly Prince John and the other royals that have met Robin Hood.