Much like King Arthur, the exploits of Robin Hood have long facinated people.

We find the first literary mention of Robin Hood in the medieval manuscript of Piers Plowman, by William Langland {1360-87}:

‘I kan noght parfitly my Paternoster as þe preest it syngeþ,
But I kan rymes of Robyn Hood and Randolf Erl of Chestre,
Ac neiþer of Oure Lord ne of Oure Lady þe leeste þat euere was maked.’

–Ed. A. V. C. Schmidt, p. 230

Or, rather …

‘I don’t know perfectly my Our Father as the priest sings it;
I know rhymes of Robin Hood and Randolf Earl of Chester,
But neither of Our Lord nor of Our Lady the least that ever was written.’

–Translated by John H. Chandler

Whether or not Robin Hood truly existed remains a mystery. Still, the possibility–and study of images and text–is intriguing.

To learn more, check out The Robin Hood Project at the University of Rochester.