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Robin Hood,legendary hero of 12th-century England who robbed the rich to help the poor. Chivalrous, manly, fair, and always ready for a joke, Robin Hood reflected many of the ideals of the English yeoman. He lived in Sherwood Forest with Little John (his chief archer), Friar Tuck, Maid Marion (his beloved), and his band. Robin Hood was the hero of at least 30 Middle English ballads and of many later stories and plays. He is mentioned in such diverse works as Piers Plowman, Ivanhoe (1820) by Sir Walter Scott, and The Once and Future King (1958) by T. H. White.
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robbed rich to help poor. [Br. Lit.: Robin Hood]
outlaw; stole from rich to give to poor. [Br. Lit.: Robin Hood]
helps the poor by plundering the rich. [Br. Lit.: Robin Hood]
famed throughout land for skill as archer. [Br. Lit.: Robin Hood]
(13th century) legendary outlaw of England who robbed the rich to help the poor. [Br. Hist.: EB, VIII: 615–616]
took from the rich and gave to the poor. [Br. Lit.: Robin Hood]
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