In the days of King Harry II, Robin Hood was an adventurous, kind gentlemen and good yeoman. For instance, he was the most courteous outlaw in all of Sherwood. Although he did steal from the rich to get his money, it was for a righteous purpose. There were many impecunious people in England, and Robin Hood provided for them. He never kept the money for his own selfish lusts or desires. When the tale of Robin Hood is told, it gives a clear perspective of his fearless, honest, and compassionate heart, making him a true hero.
In the time of the great Robin Hood, there was a king who had certain forests set aside for his personal shooting of deer and other animals. No one was allowed to kill an animal in his royal forests or they would be put to death. This king, Harry II, had the greatest royal preserve in England, the great Sherwood Forest. He had specific men guarding each of his woods, and they were called foresters. In fact, they were of equal authority to the Sheriff of the town and the lord Bishop in his abbey. To everyone in the town, foresters were highly respected, almost royalty.
In the Sherwood Forest was a man named Hugh Fitzooth, the head forester of that area. Hugh was very proud and grateful to have such a high ranking title and job for that era. He was now able to provide for his wife and his upcoming baby. In the year 1160, Hugh’s son had been born in the town of Lockesley and was called Rob of Lockesley. This boy was a wild, adventurous, healthy, young and strong stripling. As soon as he could walk, he was following his father out into the forest. He loved to be in the forest and as soon as his arm was strong enough, he was holding a bow and shooting straight arrows. On stormy days he would learn how to whittle out a straight shaft for the long bow, and put gray goose feathers on the tip. In winter Rob would enjoy listening to his father’s stories about Will o’ the Green, the outlaw. In the story, Will o’ Green would for several summers rebel against the king’s orders, and feast on the king’s deer. This was Rob’s favorite story to listen to every winter. However Rob’s mother wished him to be famous at the court or abbey. She taught him to be polite and answer truthfully and directly to a peasant or lord. As he learned to read and write, he also took it with good attitude. Even though Rob’s mind was consumed with thoughts of being in the forest and shooting his bow.
Rob had two best friends that he played with as much as possible. One of his best friend’s names was Will Gamewell, his cousin. He lived at Gamewell Lodge close to Nottingham town. The other was Marian Fitzwalter, only child of the Earl of Huntingdon. She lived in the castle of Huntingdon, and it could be seen from the tops of the trees in Sherwood Forest. So Rob would signal Marian from the tops of the trees with a white flag, because the castle was off limits. The reason it was off limits was because Marian’s father and Rob’s father were mortal enemies....