Robin Hood Outlaw Legend of Loxley
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The Crusades

Across the world, this Swiss Knight has no shield the full plate armour has made them obsolete.


1. Many people have sought long and hard to attach Robin Hood to a known historical figure but for many the mystery of the “unknown” hero makes the legend all the more intriguing. This page considers the setting of the legend and whether or not Robin Hood may have been found in a foreign land on Crusade.


Some of the Robin Hood candidates who have been suggested have been knights fighting in the Crusades, but this seems far removed from the kind and caring man who never harmed a woman and who spent his time in the English greenwood, especially when we know of the atrocities perpetrated by knights throughout the Middle Ages in foreign lands.

Knight of the Garter, C. 1350.


3. The image of Robin Hood being a knight has a hollow ring to it as they were required to be in the field at short notice, heavily armed and mounted on an expensive horse. If a knight was captured, he could expect to pay a huge ransom, in addition to loosing his horse and armour, the legitimate prize of his captor. More important knights, especially those with estates of their own were expected to maintain their position with style.

The Templar is on the left. The Hospitaller on the right.


5. The later middle ages saw a new kind of knight who was a professional adventurer, motivated by nothing higher than gain - a mercenary in fact. By the mid-fourteenth century there were large numbers of these men in Europe, with no place in society other than as soldiers of fortune.


One of the greatest scandals of the age resulted from the recruitment of such men in the “Crusade” against the city of Alexandria in 1365. The mercenaries sacked the city, slaughtered thousands of its inhabitants (including many Christians) stole as much loot as they could carry and then went home, with the result that the city fell back into the hands of “the Infidel” within days of its conquest.

A French Cavalryman, C. 900.

2. An example of this savagery can be seen when the First Crusade reached its triumphant conclusion in 1099 with the recapture of Jerusalem from the Seljuk Turks, Godfery Bouillon presided over the massacre of every single person in the city with the exception of the Saracen commander and his personal retinue who were given safe conduct.

Knight in quest of adventure, C. 1180.


4. This involved supporting other knigh

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