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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-07-07. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-12.

This section lists secondary sources on the origins and historical background of the Robin Hood tradition, works on historical topics such as the medieval sheriff, yeomanry, archery etc. It also includes a subsection on records relating to historical persons named Robin Hood or surnamed Robinhood (or similar), historical persons carrying the same names as subsidiary characters in the tradition, historical outlaws, historical sheriffs etc. Also included are records documenting important Robin Hood-related place-names.

Origins and history

Hypotheses about historical originals of the legendary Robin Hood character, general historical studies and discussion of the origins and background of the early outlaw tradition.

Historical topics

This page lists works on subsidiary topics and themes such as the medieval sheriff, yeomen and yeomanry, medieval archery, medieval historical outlaws, medieval crime and criminals, and social banditry.


Keywords in the record citations are indicated like this: Robin Hood, Little John. Unless otherwise indicated in the "Source notes" to the record entry in question such keywords are printed in ordinary type in the source.

General record groupings and topics

Special record groupings and topics