The legend of Robin Hood began more than 700 years ago. But Professor Sir James Holt, one of the world's leading medieval historians, believes the elusive character from Sherwood Forest – if he existed at all – lived even earlier.
In a definitive new book, based on 30 years' research, he unravels pure invention from real possibility.
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.
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