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Robin Hood really fought invading French

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Robin Hood really fought invading French

Post by Rowan » Mon March 11th, 2013, 5:22 pm

Robin Hood did not rob from the rich to feed the poor in Sherwood Forest, he was a freedom fighter attacking French invaders in Kent, a historian has claimed.

The legendary figure, who is said to have resided in the Nottingham area, may have actually been William of Kensham, according to historian Sean McGlynn.

William conducted a guerrilla war against the French forces of Prince Louis who invaded England in 1216.
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Post by EC2 » Mon March 11th, 2013, 10:11 pm

Sean McGlynn works yet another angle. I guess every medieval outlaw in the country must be jumping up to shout 'No, I am Robin Hood!' (as in I am Spartacus). Personally I think if Wilikin of the Weald was Robin Hood, he'd have called himself Robin, not Wilkin, but there you go. Shrug.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal


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