Medieval Facts & Myths: Was Robin Hood a real person?
Was Robin Hood a real person? That seems to be a chicken-or-the-egg question.
Some medieval scholars claim that variants of "Robin Hood" (Robhode, Robert Hode, and others) were simply generic terms for an outlaw. The reason? Because that name had been applied to different bandits over hundreds of years in England.
Other scholars argue that this indicates there once was an original Robin Hood from which these generic variants spawned. However, no one has been able to definitively establish who this original Robin Hood was... if he ever existed.
One thing is certain. As perhaps the best known tale of English folklore, the Robin Hood legend continues to find resonance in cultures across the globe even to this day.
Medieval Facts & Myths is a blog series featuring KING ROBIN, a novel by R. A. Moss releasing February 2021 from Beck and Branch Publishers.