The identity of Robin Hood is one of the great hystorical mysteries of English history - until now. Everyone has heard of Robin Hood, the brilliant archer who 'robbed the rich to give to the poor' and who always triumphed over the forces of evil, but the man behind the legend is as mysterious as King Arthur. There were outlaws who lived in the royal forests preying on unwary travelers, and Robin Hoods whose names are recorded in historical documents: but no one has been able to prove that one of these real Robins was the individual whose exploits were commemorated in ballad and song. David Baldwin sets out to find the real Robin Hood, looking for clues in the earliest ballads and in official and legal documents of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.
David Baldwin is a medieval historian who has taught at the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham for many years. His historical research has focused on the great medieval families in the Midlands and he has contributed articles to historical journals and lectured regularly to societies and conferences in this field. He is the author of five books, THE LOST PRINCE: THE SURVIVAL OF RICHARD OF YORK (A fascinating new theory' THE DAILY MAIL, 'The little brickie in the Tower' THE SUNDAY TIMES), ELIZABETH WOODVILLE: MOTHER OF THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER ('Inspirational - brings her alive for the general reader' PHILIPPA GREGORY), STOKE FIELD: THE LAST BATTLE OF THE WARS OF THE ROSES, THE KINGMAKER'S SISTERS and REVOLUTION, WAR, AND THE LOYALISTS. He lives in Leicester.