Monday, 16 March 2009

Robin Hood may have been bad

Dr Julian Luxford, an expert in medieval manuscript studies at St Andrews University has discovered a text dated 1460 that specifically mentions Robin Hood. According to this discovery, ‘a certain outlaw named Robin Hood, with his accomplices, infested Sherwood and other law-abiding areas of England with continuous robberies’.
Well, that throws Robin’s status as a champion of the poor into question. Stealing is morally and legally wrong, but historically the English have turned a blind eye to Robin’s robbing activities, which were supposedly done with the moral intention of promoting a fairer distribution of wealth. As England’s first socialist he seemed like a really good bloke.
Now it looks as though Robin may have been just a kleptomaniac.

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