Robin Hood: Too Good to Be True — A Real Folk Hero or a Romantic Embellishment?

Did Robin Hood really engage in the wealth redistribution project for which he is famed? Was the Sheriff of Nottingham such a bad chap? And what about that romance with Maid Marian? When a story starts as an oral legend and continues to be re-told in literature, certain embellishments are bound to occur and the tale becomes romanticized over time. Could this be the case with the English folk hero Robin Hood? How did the Robin Hood legend develop and should we have any doubts about his saintly-rogue characterisation and deeds?

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