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Little John was Robin Hood’s number 2 man. His real name was said to be John Little, but he was 7 feet tall, hence the nickname. He was the only one present at Robin Hood’s death. Little John is buried in an oversize grave in Saint Michael’s Church in Hathersage, Derbyshire. Boundary Stone where Little John shot an arrow about 1.25 miles to St. Michael’s (some say Robin Hood).

 

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Real Robin Hood?

Born about 1160 AD, possibly Wentbridge West Yorkshire. Died 24 Dekembris 1247, November 8 modern calendar, in the infirmary at All Saint’s Church, Kirby Pontefract (ruins in photo). A prioress is said to have poisoned him—Little John took him to the infirmary. Legend has it that the dying Robin Hood shot an arrow out of the window; where it landed would be his burial place. Robin Hood’s Well. (the earliest stories/place names place him here, not Sherwood Forest)

 

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Maid Marian

Maid Marian and Robin Hood were wed at St. Mary’s Church, Edwinstowe, Sherwood Forest around 1200 AD. She then became Lady Marian. She is said to be buried at the Little Dunmow Priory Church, Dunmow, Essex. (St. Mary’s has the steeple)

 

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Edwinstowe is an ancient (600 AD) town that is the gateway to Sherwood Forest. It is also the town where Robin Hood met Maid Marian around 1200 AD. They married in St. Mary’s–still standing in Edwinstowe. (that was one wedding I would like to have seen)

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Did Robin Hood’s band meet here? In 2005, a husband and wife exploring Sherwood Forest discovered the remains of Thyngehowe, the name means thynge, thing, an ancient assembly of freeman. And howe, hill, a burial (fairy) mound beside the outdoor assembly. Thynghowe was used by Danish Vikings around 800 AD in what was then Danelaw, Danish occupied England. The hill indicates bronze age settlement about 4000 years ago.

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The forest haunt of Robin Hood still exists in Nottinghamshire England. The 1000-acre royal forest is now a tourist destination. The Major Oak is about 1000 years old and the reputed site of Robin Hood’s hideout.

 

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