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More has been written about Robin Hood than almost any other legendary character. There have been hundreds if not thousands of books, comics, and dozens of movie films, cartoons and TV programmes, board games and computer games, toys . . . and on and on.
The place to start researching Robin Hood is clearly on the internet, and this will throw up pages of so-called facts, opinions, stories, images and more. Google currently reports over 64 million entries - twice the number for King Arthur!
- Maps -
The best maps are the Ordnance Survey Landranger Series at a scale of 1:50 000 (2cm = 1km). These have enough information for most amateur radio purposes, and cover an area of approx. 40 x 40 km. There is an index map below which covers Robin Hood Country and beyond. Sheets 120 (Mansfield & Worksop) and 129 (Nottingham & Loughborough) cover the core of Robin Hood Country.
More information is available on the Ordnance Survey online shop
Discounted OS maps are available online from Dash4-it and their website is a bit more user-friendly than the Ordnance Survey's
Wikipedia - Robin Hood ****
One of the two top resources (64 million+ pages): almost everything else fades into insignificance!
International Robin Hood Bibliography ****
Another top resource, with plenty to read and follow-up.
The Historical Gazetteer of England's Place-Names */**
A distinctly 'academic' website. Interesting but . . . .
- Local Websites -
Greasley Castle, Eastwood **
The Outlaw Robin Hood - His Yorkshire Legend. ***
JC Holt. 2011. Thames and Hudson. ISBN 978-0500289-35-8. Available online, etc
Description from Amazon website:
The legend of Robin Hood began more than 600 years ago. The man, if he
existed at all, lived even earlier. In this definitive work described as
the last word on Robin Hood, Professor Sir James Holt, one of Britains
premier historians and author of the standard work on the Magna Carta,
unravels pure invention from real possibility and offers the results of
some thirty years of research. He assesses the evidence for the
historical Robin Hood and finds that the tale originated with the yeomen
and hangers-on of the households of noblemen and gentry in the later
Middle Ages. Parts of the story that we now take for granted Maid
Marian, Friar Tuck, Robin as robber of the rich and giver to the poor,
even Sherwood Forest played little or no part in the original tales,
and were added as the centuries passed and the legends grew. The legend
of Robin Hood has enthralled people from the first ballads to
contemporary movies. Holt reconstructs the historical basis of the
stories but never loses sight of the human imagination that sustained
them. This edition includes new illustrations and The Gest of Robyn
Hood, one of the oldest surviving tales.
A readable' book full of common sense which balances the probability of Robin Hood originally being a real character against the probability that Robin Hood personified the grass-roots contempt of the excesses, self-aggrandisement and economic and political power of the clergy in the 12th-16th centuries. And it largely dispels the embellishment of the earliest 'authentic tales' by romantics, wannabees and yarn-spinners, and nutters. Well worth the money.
Robin Hood - the man behind the myth ***
Graham Phillips & Martyn Keatman. 1995. Michael O'Mara Books. ISBN 1-85479-066-7. 185pp.
This book endeavours to give a glimpse of 'the man' who was Robin Hood based on various arguments or viewpoints rather than any facts. It is a readable book, but leaves the impression that the authors may have 'muddied the water' a little. However, in the absence of facts about Robin Hood 'The Man', everything written about him is based on tenuous evidence. [G7HZZ].
Robin Hood & the Lords of Wellow **
Tony Molyneux-Smith.1998. Nottinghamshire County Council. ISBN 0-902751-19-0. 72pp.
A booklet about the possible connection of Robin Hood to the village of Wellow. Available from Nottinghamshire County Libraries. £1 (£3 incl. postage).
Description (Notts CC website): Tony Molyneux-Smith investigates the widely discussed theory that, far
from being a single person, Robin Hood was actually a pseudonym taken by
several descendants of Sir Robert Foliot – whose family held the
lordship of the village of Wellow in north Nottinghamshire. His search
for verification takes many surprising twists and turns, and this book
is must for anyone who is interested in the real Robin Hood.