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Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor

Henrik Thiil Nielsen 2013-07-24. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-05-08.

The notion that "Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor" is often expressed thus succinctly. It almost has the status of a proverb.

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Citations

1622 - Taylor, John - Errant Thiefe

England still hath bin a fruitfull Land
Of valiant Thieves, that durst bid true men stand.
One Bellin Dun, a famous Thiefe surviv'd,
From whom the towne of Dunstable's deriv'd;
And Robin Hood with little John agreed
To rob rich men, and the poore to feede.

[...]
Once the fift Henry could rob ex'lent well,
When he was Prince of Wales, as stories tell.
Then Fryer Tucke, a tall stout Thiefe indeed,
Could better rob and steale, then preach or read.[1]

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Notes

  1. Spraggs, Gillian. Outlaws & Highwaymen: The Cult of the Robber in England from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century (London, 2001), p. 12.