Tag Archive: Robin Hood

King John arrives in the USA!

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King John of England, best known as the wicked King who ruled England in the Robin Hood legends. Was he really as bad as he’s portrayed in the legends? Well, he may have been worse! As the fifth son of King Henry II, John was a long shot to become the King. But the earlier…

MAP#63: Marc Morris, King John and the Road to Magna Carta

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This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The medieval King responsible for the document is King John of England. He didn’t create it, but it was his turbulent reign that caused the Barons to create the document. King John put his seal on it in June 1215 and then refused to abide…

Bob White: The castles of Robin Hood

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Following the news that £24m is to be spent revamping Nottingham Castle, Bob White, chairman of the World Wide Robin Hood Society, looks at some other castles associated with the outlaw Over the centuries various historical events in Nottingham’s past have resulted in the site where the legendary castle once stood being presently occupied by…

Henry III’s Confirmation of Magna Carta in March 1265

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The purpose of this Feature of the Month is to bring attention to a little-known text of the confirmation of Magna Carta made by Henry III, in March 1265. The text survives in the form of an inspeximus of the 1225 issue of Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest and includes a witness list…

Robin Hood site planned for 2015

Plans for a new multimillion-pound visitor attraction celebrating the legend of Robin Hood have been announced in the UK. Nottinghamshire County Council is seeking to build a STG13 million ($A20 million) visitor attraction called Discover Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest, complete with medieval castle and fortified ramparts. If the plans are approved, the 17-hectare attraction…

Archaeology and History of medieval Sherwood Forest

Today we have a guest post by Andy Gaunt. Andy is a professional archaeologist in Nottinghamshire and an expert on Medieval Sherwood Forest, its landscape, people and administration. His information is below the post. Thanks Andy for the great article! ~The Archivist Archaeology and History of medieval Sherwood Forest http://sherwoodforesthistory.blogspot.com Sherwood Forest is the most…

Magna Carta to get modern makeover for 800th birthday

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The Magna Carta, the English medieval document considered a cornerstone of modern democracy, is to get an overhaul and be brought back into the public spotlight in time for its 800th anniversary, academics said on Thursday. A three-year research project will also attempt to discover whether King John, the monarch who signed the document in…

Medieval castle tower to be opened up to the public for the first time

The last-standing remains of a medieval castle in Lincolnshire will be opened up to the public for the first time. The South Kyme Tower once formed one of the four corners of a castle, which was built on a Saxon site. It is believed that the 14th century castle was once visited by Robin Hood…

Robin Hood revealed: B.C. author draws link to Scottish rebel William Wallace

A Canadian novelist is causing a stir in Britain after claiming that the mythic figure of Robin Hood — outlaw champion of medieval England’s poor — was actually inspired by the 13th-century Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace, hero of the 1995 Mel Gibson film Braveheart. A Canadian novelist is causing a stir in Britain after…

Robin Hood Pageant sees Nottingham Castle go back in time

Nottingham Castle was transformed into a medieval village over the weekend for the 21st Robin Hood Pageant. Minstrels wandered through the grounds, King Richard I was watching over events and, of course, Robin Hood himself was there. There were demonstrations, a medieval alehouse and a chance for people to turn lead into “gold” at an…

Robin Hood – Archer of the Woods 1.0 iPhone and iPod Touch

The world’s most famous archer has arrived on the iPhone in this swashbuckling castle defence game! Take control of Robin Hood and rain destruction from above on your enemies. Protect your village and battle against foes ranging from classic medieval soldiers to giant weapons of siege warfare, and then prepare for the almighty enemy –…

‘Robin Hood’ gets energetic staging at Children’s Theatre

The pre-show begging for change was a little nervous-making at Friday’s opening of Greg Banks’ audience-interactive “Robin Hood” at the Children’s Theatre. But the preamble served to ground this contemporary retelling of the medieval story in its hardscrabble milieu. The pre-show has some clever bits. In one, actor Reed Sigmund wears a leash on one…

DVD Release: Robin Hood

Robin Hood is available today in three different formats: single disc DVD, Two disc DVD and Blu-Ray. Along with the format options you can choose between the PG-13 theatrical version and an Unrated Director’s Cut edition. Synopsis Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator, Master and Commander) and visionary director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Alien, Blade Runner,…

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood mostly accurate about medieval life

At first glance, Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood,” starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, may seem like a most unrealistic treatment of the outlaw of Sherwood Forest. A $200 million production filled with CGI warriors and ersatz ancient castles made of fiberglass, Scott and Crowe’s “Robin Hood” in some ways resembles Scott and Crowe’s “Gladiator,” but…

Life in Britain medieval style

The clock was turned back up to 1000 years over the weekend as thousands of people got a taste of life in medieval Britain. Visitors to the Pensthorpe nature reserve, near Fakenham, saw archers show off their prowess with bows and arrows and got a chance to try out how villagers fired missiles with trebuchets…