Robin Hood a Fake?

Professor Stephen Knight, a British academic, believes that Robin Hood never existed. "The obsession with identifying the 'real Robin Hood' is futile and misguided. The name Robin Hood existed," says Cardiff University lecturer Stephen Knight, who has spent years researching the medieval hero. "Hood is not an uncommon name -- but it's more likely the name gave rise to the character." Knight's book, Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography, discusses why and how the mythic figure developed, but seeks to debunk the reality of the legend.

"He represents resistance to local oppression - freedom and liberty in whatever shape you need it to take," Knight says.

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