Poor Folk Disliked Hood Too: Expert

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2009 2:44 PM CDT
The 'Major Oak' tree, which Robin Hood allegedly used as a hide out in Sherwood Forest, is seen in Nottinghamshire, England.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The rich and poor alike may have despised Robin Hood in his day, the BBC reports. A note written by a monk in a medieval manuscript describes the famous thief—and giver to the needy—as having “infested” the countryside “with his accomplices.” The find also pinpoints Robin Hood as living under the reign of Edward I in the 13th century, and makes specific reference to Sherwood Forest.

"Rather than depicting the traditionally well-liked hero, the article suggests that Robin Hood and his merry men may not actually have been 'loved by the good,'" said one medieval expert. "The new find contains a uniquely negative assessment of the outlaw, and provides rare evidence for monastic attitudes towards him."