Hi again Barbara,
As you'll see, I've been having a read through your site. Now, concerning this:
In 1521 John Major wrote -
About this time (1190) Robert Hude and Little John most famous of outlaws, hid in the woods and only plundered the goods of rich men and never slew any unless they opposed them in defence of their goods. Robert maintained one hundred archers most skilful in battle whom four hundred of the boldest fellows did not dare attack. He never allowed harm to be done to a woman, nor the goods of poor men, but seized the rich oblations of Abbots.
I'll contrast it with what I've found elsewhere
In the 16th century, Robin Hood is given a specific historical setting. Up until this point there was little interest in exactly when Robin's adventures took place. The original ballads refer at various points to "King Edward," without stipulating whether this is Edward I, Edward II, or Edward III. Hood may thus have been active at any point between 1272 and 1377. However, during the 16th century the stories become fixed to the 1190s, the period in which King Richard was absent from his throne, fighting in the crusades. This date is first proposed by John Mair in his Historia Majoris Britanniæ (1521), and gains popular acceptance by the end of the century.
But what actual
historical backing is there for this claim?
Also, your claim that Vision of Piers Plowman
(1377) contains the "earliest reference" to Robin Hood, is incorrect. It's the earliest literary
reference, but, as we've discussed here, the name previously appeared in the 13th century. And if you claim that Robin was active in the time of Edward II, surely, there'd be some kind of documentation on him pre-dating Vision
. Are you aware of any?
Now, as to Robin's alleged grave, you iterate the last arrow story:
Robin's grave lies some 650 yards from the place where he is said to have shot forth his last arrow, an upper room in Kirklees Priory Gatehouse, which still stands to this day. Modern archers are extremely sceptical about this version of events saying 200 yards would be more acceptable (particularly for a dying man).
On what grounds
do you believe this is Robin's grave, if you're skeptical (?) about the last arrow story? Have you read Richard Rutherford-Moore's article?
You also refer, again, to the Kirklees grave being Robin's and quote the Huntington epitaph. Again, this is widely considered to be a forgery. You acknowledge it might be a re-writing of an older epitaph. But I'm still wondering exactly what convinces you that it's Robin's grave, if there's no contemporary
references to it?