The identity of Robin Hood is one of the great historical mysteries of English history - until now. Everyone has heard of Robin Hood, the brilliant archer who 'robbed the rich to give to the poor' and who always triumphed over the forces of evil, but the man behind the legend is as mysterious as King Arthur. There were outlaws who lived in the royal forests preying on unwary travelers, and Robin Hoods whose names are recorded in historical documents: but no one has been able to prove that one of these real Robins was the individual whose exploits were commemorated in ballad and song. David Baldwin sets out to find the real Robin Hood, looking for clues in the earliest ballads and in official and legal documents of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. His search takes him to the troubled reign of King Henry III, his conclusions turn history on its head and David Baldwin reveals the name of the man who inspired the tales of Robin Hood.
David Baldwin was a medieval historian who taught at the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham for many years. His historical research focused on the great medieval families in the Midlands and he had contributed articles to historical journals and lectured regularly to societies and conferences in this field. Sadly he passed away in 2016.
Preface Prologue: Robin Hood's World 1. Tales of Robin Hood 2. Myth & Reality 3. The Robin Hoods of History 4. Friends, Foes & Gravestones 5. 'Bad' Kings - 6. - & 'Good' Outlaws 7. Henry III & Simon de Montfort 8. The Unlikely Saint 9. The Disinherited 10. Roger Godberd & Walter Devyas 11. The Real Robin Hood Appendix 1: Gamelyn & Adam Bell Appendix 2: Selected Documents The Principal Events of the Robin Hood Era Notes & References Bibliography List of Illustrations Index