The Maverick of Sherwood Forest

Robin Hood  — The Man. The Myth. The Legend.

Robin Hood’s reputation has inspired the generous acts and justified the evil behavior of mavericks and other heroes for hundreds of years. His ballads describe the life of a man who used common sense and street smarts to help the weak and to work against their unjust oppressors.  He pursued improving his skills throughout his life.

The original Robin Hood ballads were recorded by clergy during the thirteenth century. Clergy was that century’s only literate class. “Coincidentally”, most of Robin’s exploits correspond to Biblical accounts, especially those of King David.

Like most people, King David and Robin were ‘tweeners’ — Individuals who are stuck between a rock and a hard place with nearly every move they made.  By avoiding getting crushed between their rocks and their hard places, “tweeners” become everyday heroes.

In addition to The Bible, Robin’s common sense grew from Æsop’s Fables.  His wisdom and his personal efforts gave him strategies and street smarts that mirror the tactics of Sun Tzu and useful understanding of how strong governments operate, mirroring  the tactics recommended by Niccolo Machiavelli in The Prince.

In political matters, he supported a monarchy that was restrained by other lower-ranked nobility, a philosophy that was similar to that which prevailed in the American south before the Civil War and which was endorsed by weekly sermons and The Slave Bible.

Robin Hood is represented in most fictional adventures, but his exploits are a driving force behind The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

Huckleberry Finn’s friend, Jim, is an extreme “success” for the propaganda of The Slave Bible (Remastered as The Commonwealth Bible)*

(We refer to those who are inspired by Robin Hood as “Robyns” when they are fictional characters.)

While the young boys were having their Robin Hood adventures, Becky Thatcher and her friends were developing their home-smarts with cookeries like The Kentucky Housewife (Remastered as The Cinderella Dowry)

To better understand the Southern Culture that created Tom, Huck, Becky and Jim, much of it mirrored the culture of Great Britain during the same period in Great Expectations.

Æsop’s Fables helped individuals like Robin Hood gain important wisdom, but they also helped promote democratic principles that led to the world’s first Democracy in Ancient Greece a few years after they were assembled .

Centuries later, Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” and the multiple-authored “Federalist Papers” performed similar promotions for the republican principles of the United States Constitution.

Each of these books and documents is both a mirror that reveals your inner self and a window that reveals your options.  

Underlined books and documents are available as free PDF downloads.

Each of these books and documents has a very close relationship with the Legends of Robin Hood that is explored further in the Research and Development features on Jawnnies.

  • We renamed this propaganda “Commonwealth” because it was primarily used in countries that are now The Commonwealth of Nations.  IT IS NOT named after The Commonwealth Guild.