Historical Figures

Did Robin Hood really exist?
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  1. Stories about a heroic philanthropist named Robin Hood have abounded since the 14th century. Neither scholarly work nor research by amateurs has yielded any conclusive evidence of the existence of a real Robin Hood, though many people have concocted theories of the character's true identity. For example, a writer named Brian Benison claims in a book he published in 2004 that Robin Hood was the nickname for Roger Godberd, who lived in the 13th century and became an outlaw for a number of years after a political disagreement with the local sheriff. However interesting, there has so far been no widespread agreement with this or any other theory, and the line between myth and reality remains blurred.

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