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'Robin Hood from Kent not Sherwood Forest'

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London (PTI): The real life inspiration for Robin Hood - the heroic outlaw in English folklore - lived near Tunbridge Wells and not the royal Sherwood...

inter1London (PTI): The real life inspiration for Robin Hood - the heroic outlaw in English folklore - lived near Tunbridge Wells and not the royal Sherwood Forest, known for its association with the legendary figure, experts claim. Legend has it that Robin Hood robbed from the rich to give to the poor, resisted "bad" King John and hid out in Sherwood Forest. However, a new study by historian Sean McGlynn suggests Robin Hood actually preyed on French invaders, fought in support of the King and came from near Tunbridge Wells, in Kent, 'The Telegraph' reported. McGlynn, an academic at the University of Plymouth and the Open University, has amassed evidence suggesting Robin Hood is based on William of Kensham, a largely forgotten 13th century forest bandit. McGlynn investigated the life and career of the renegade, using medieval chronicles, and unearthed remarkable parallels with the folk hero, including his tactics, his band of men, his forest hideout and his popular acclaim. Interestingly, William was living at just the time when the Robin Hood legend is believed to have emerged.
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