British Robin Hood was he an early fore-bearer to Cryptocurrency? Retrieving and returning silver or gold coins from the rich masters who stole from the poor hard working folks.
Gold and silver coins of Richard II London, in the British Museum
Most folks have heard of the tale of Robin Hood that dates all the way back to the 13th century. There seems to be a debate between scholars of modern times if dear old Robin Hood ever existed even-though there are hundreds of ballads that beg to differ. Scholars have found that the name Robin Hood, 'Robbehod,' was discovered in nicknames of English Justices spread throughout England dating back 1261-1300.
Robin Hood’s nemesis was The Sheriff of Knottingham who aids Prince John in overthrowing the merited King Richard, to whom Robin Hood remained a loyal subject.
Below a statue in honor of Robin Hood in Knottingham U.K.
Robin Hood and his band of Merry men allegedly stole from the rich to give to the poor. A refreshing change from today’s financial predicaments. One can clearly see why Robin Hood would be considered hero material.
According to Folklore 1584 theory, Reginald Scot claimed Robin Hood was perhaps a German Goblin named “Hudgin” or “Hodekin,” who was linked to Robin Goodfellow. This theory has been debunked over the years.
Robin Hood’s Merry men
Consisted of 140 yeomen who were bandits that followed Robin Hood on his adventures. The Merry men are mentioned in several ballads too.
Robin Hood and the Merry Men illustration by Pablo Marcos, 1995 (Wikipedia)
Here is a list of just a few Merry men mentioned in early ballads of Robin Hood.
- Little John: Robin’s lieutenant and is portrayed as a large man that once fought Robin Hood over a river with Quarterstaves (European Staff Weapon). Sounds like lots of fun!
- Will Scarlet: A skilled swordsman. Will is Robin’s nephew.
- Much, The Miller’s Son: youngest of the band known as a ferocious fighter.
- Arthur a Bland: He was as poacher who won a fight against Robin.
- David of Doncaster: An annonymous wrestler type that warns Robin not to attend the Sheriff Of Nottingham’s archery contest which is a trap set to catch Robin.
- Will Stutely: Known in two ballads Robin Hood and Little John, also Robin Hood rescuing Will Stutly. He bestows Little John his bandit name.
- Friar Tuck: Their own Clergyman, known as a fighting friar who is later portrayed as a happy, ale-swirling lush.
- Alan-a-Dale: A wandering Minstrel who was helped by Robin to rescue his darling, who was being forced to wed a man she did not love.
- Maid Marian: Robin’s true love. Her character is later combined with the English and Scottish May Day Celebrations. She also worked as a double agent.
- Reynold Greenleaf: Helped alongside Robin and the other merry men in archery contest to win silver and gold.
I have to mention Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire was the habitat where Robin Hood and his outlaws occupied.
The Major Oak tree dates back 800-1000 years exists in the village of Edwinstowe in the middle of Sherwood Forest. Local folklore dictates The Major Oak was shelter for Robin Hood and his merry men.
The Major Oak photo in Public Domain (Wikipedia)
The Death of Robin Hood:
A True Ballad of Robin Hood Child Ballad 154 was written in the later half of the 17th century by balladist Martin parker 1632.
In this ballad Robin Hood’s lifestyle is much better and matches his title of the Earl of Huntington. It does last long as he becomes impoverished by his over spending and is the enemy to the clergy of St. Mary’s. He continues to rob the rich clergy in turn helping and giving to the poor folks. He contains an Abbot who later tells the King. The king presents an award, but most of his men respect Robin Hood and are too war weary to fight him.
Ahh!, If these poor tired fellows only had Bitcoin their future would look brighter. No?
King Richard travels to Nottingham and the king agrees to grant Robin Hood to Pardon him with a letter of pardon. However, Robin becomes inflicted with a fever before he received the letter of Pardon. Robin Hood is bled out ( regular medical practice back then) by a friar and he dies. King Richard sees the Friar as a traitor and Robin Hood as a fool to have trusted the Friar.
Today one can lose themselves in the tales and ballads of Robin Hood and rethink one's finances maybe to include some crypto or Bitcoin, since Bitcoin is worth $47K USD as of today. You can be a hero too by sprinkling wealth from Bitcoin and other Crypto currencies into your local community. It's easier than Robin Hood's plight in tales.
Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men are enjoyable adventures to read with children or for your own pleasure.
Source & References:
- Featured Illustration by Louis Rhead (1857-1926)
- Dixon-Kennedy, Mike (2006). The Robin Hood Handbook. Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-3977-X.
- Phillips, Helen (2005). Robin Hood: Medieval and Post-medieval. Four Courts Press. ISBN 1-85182-931-8.
- List of Great British Trees https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Great_British_Trees
- Francis James Child, “A True Tale of Robin Hood in The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, 5 vols., Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, (1882–1898)