This site contains extensive information on Robin Hood. The contents include the rhymes or ballads as well as plays and songs. How did he die in the early tales or ballads, and who was the real Robin Hood, and was the original setting in Sherwood Forest or Barnsdale, and who was the original Maid Marian. These and many other details about England’s greatest outlaw hero will be discussed on this website, the result of many years of research. This site provides accurate, easy to follow information for the beginner and the expert, and it is constantly being updated and developed by Robert Fortunaso, with the assistance of other dedicated researchers. This site contains all of the Robin Hood ballads that are generally regarded as forming the traditional English cycle. In addition, there are maps and photos of places mentioned in the legend, and charters and other records of historical interest, as well as medieval records of real men with the name of Robin Hood.
In 1598, Anthony Munday wrote a pair of plays on the Robin Hood legend, The Downfall and The Death of Robert Earl of Huntington (published 1601). These plays drew on a variety of sources, including apparently A Gest of Robin Hood , and were influential in fixing the story of Robin Hood to the period of Richard I . Stephen Thomas Knight has suggested that Munday drew heavily on Fulk Fitz Warin a historical 12th century outlawed nobleman and enemy of King John , in creating his Robin Hood.  The play identifies Robin Hood as Robert, Earl of Huntingdon , probably for the first time, and identifies Maid Marian with 'one of the semi-mythical Matildas persecuted by King John '.  The plays are complex in plot and form, the story of Robin Hood appearing as a play-within-a-play presented at the court of Henry VIII and written by the poet, priest and courtier John Skelton . Skelton himself is presented in the play as acting the part of Friar Tuck. Some scholars have conjectured that Skelton may have indeed written a lost Robin Hood play for Henry VIII's court, and that this play may have been one of Munday's sources.  Henry VIII himself with eleven of his nobles had impersonated "Robyn Hodes men" as part of his "Maying" in 1510. Robin Hood is known to have appeared in a number of other lost and extant Elizabethan plays. In 1599, the play George a Green, the Pinner of Wakefield places Robin Hood in the reign of Edward IV .  Edward I , a play by George Peele first performed in 1590-1, incorporates a Robin Hood game played by the characters. Lleweleyn, the last independent Prince of Wales, is presented playing Robin Hood. 
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