Continuing our global tour to learn something new, our next stop is Nottingham England, the legendary home of Robin Hood.
First some fun facts about Nottingham. It’s also the home to Boots, UK’s largest pharmacy chain, now owned by USA’s Walgreens. It’s the place where the pain killer ibuprofen was invented. The first gig for Paul McCarthy of the Beatles was in this city. Some of its buildings have been the film location backdrop for James Bond and Batman. And it’s the place to imbibe in a pint at the oldest pub in the UK, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, which was established in the year 1189.
No one to date has been able to prove that Robin Hood actually existed. The earliest mention was in the year 1377 and most that is known about him can be found in five surviving early ballads.
The merry men are described as yeoman which places them just above peasants, but below the status of a knight. Maid Marian appears much later in celebration of May Festivities of the 16th century.
Friar Tuck made an appearance in the ballads around 1475. Little John arrived in the 15th century. Only five of the merry men are given name in the early ballads.
In some of the versions of the Robin Hood legends, Richard the Lionheart was a friend and in some he was an enemy. If Robin was a real person, there is grave in Kirklees Priory in Yorkshire said to be his. Legend that as he was dying, he fired an arrow and asked to be buried where it landed.
The photo is with a good friend standing in front of THE ORIGINAL Robin Hood while visiting a retailer in Nottingham. May your life be filled with lots of friendships, good health, and prosperity. Remember, you too can become a legend.
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