8/17/12

Take From the Debt. Share With All

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Legend of Robin Hood
A journey into the legend of Robin Hood arrives at a core, described by Russell Crowe, Hollywood’s 2010 Robin Hood, as a “fantastic metaphor of some guy who goes to work on behalf of people who can’t do something for themselves.”
Robin Hood, the hero, whether fictional or real, is famous for his gallantry in his fight against injustice and tyranny. This patron saint of The World Wide Robin Hood Society of Sherwood in Nottingham, England is worshiped by faithful followers around the world in books, games, TV shows and films. The global reach of Robin Hood lore is documented by Wikipedia.
Robin Hood is a universal archetype according to Paul McElhinney, a society member, who counsels that “the stories of Robin Hood appeal to something basic in the human spirit.” The conflict between Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham becomes a Jungian struggle “between good and evil,” a Jeffersonian confrontation “between order and freedom.” Robin Hood is the star of a morality tale that has shaped notions of right and wrong in young hearts for more than eight hundred years.
The mythic and literary Robin Hood fought a corrupt feudal system. He challenged Parliament, kings, nobles, tax collectors and the Sheriff of Nottingham for excessive taxation and unjust taking of private property. By recruiting others into his band of freedom fighters Robin Hood “gained the trust and affection of his people,” according to Adam Young, author of Robin Hood, Friend of Liberty, creating “a legend that will never lose its appeal.”
Encyclopedia Britannica dates the archetype archer to England’s fourteenth century, a period ripe for counter measures against an oppressive crown. Parliament passed the Ordinance of Laborers in 1349 and the Statute of Laborers in 1351 to fix wages to where they were before the Black Death wiped out half the population. Enforcement was problematic. Peasant's resisted royal price controls. In 1352, Parliament introduced the Statute of Treasons, which defined great treason against the king and petty treason against local lords. In 1377, Parliament imposed a poll tax of fourpence per head. Parliament instituted a graduated income tax in 1379, followed by a tax of one shilling per head in 1380. Ultimately, the Peasant Revolt of 1381 against Richard II forced the government to abolish the Poll Tax.
Minstrels and troubadours spread his legend across England. The peasantry embraced Robin Hood and his Merry Men as their heroes, just as the nobility idealized King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as their own. “As so much in legends, the historical truth isn't what matters,” argues Young. “Instead, it is the legendary deeds of Robin Hood that excite us,"
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