6 Myths and Legends of the Middle Ages That Still Puzzle Us Today

Robin Hood and a Merry Man

Robin Hood

Robin Hood is perhaps the most famous member of English medieval folklore, after King Arthur and Merlin. He was the one who started the “Robin Hood” and the “thief with a heart of gold” trope in modern popular culture. The folklore usually depicted him with a bow and arrow and a band of “Merry Men” who lived in Sherwood Forest and spent their time stealing from the rich to give to the poor.

Robin Hood’s story is, however, just that – a story. It’s allegedly based on stories of real-life outlaws such as Eustace the Monk and William Wallace, although some historians claim that he was a real person.

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