from what century in the middle ages does the robin hood folklore originate?

what century in the middle ages did the robin hood folklore originate? and how did it originate or come about?

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  • 9 months ago
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    The earliest known written reference to the character is in the poem "Piers Plowman," believed to have been composed in the late 14th century (1370s).

    But most of that kind of folklore existed in verbal form long before it was written down.

    The Sheriff of Nottingham was the antagonist in that earliest written version, and that office has existed since 1068. So it could have originated anywhere in those three centuries.

    Robin is also depicted as being expert in the use of the English longbow, which probably places the stories somewhere after the Crown started emphasizing archery training among the peasantry in the 1250s.

  • 9 months ago

    Daffy Duck did a way better version than Kevin Costner ever could.

    Source(s): Ho, haha, guard, turn, parry, dodge, spin... thrust!
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  • KennyB
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    9 months ago

    As part of the growing myth, the tale of Robin Hood is generally related as when Richard the Lionheart was on The Third Crusade (1189 to 1192). Richard I was King of England from 1189 to 1199.

  • 9 months ago

    A BBC documentary that would be of interest if you haven't seen it. It presents probable origins. But as to the first mention of the name, it appears that earlier in the middle ages "Robin Hood" had already become used as an alias for a criminal.

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    At least one edition of the gest spoken of is available free at, as are probably other Robin Hood texts.

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