Author’s Historical Notes

Who Was Robin Hood?Who Was Robin Hood?

Robin Hood is a wraith in Lincoln green, a shadowy figure who peers out at us through the dense foliage of the forests of time; hooded, anonymous and yet terribly familiar to us. Today, more than seven hundred and fifty years after the first stories about him began to circulate, he still exercises a huge influence over our culture. [read more]

A Brief Overview of the Third CrusadeA Brief Overview of the Third Crusade

On a roasting-hot day in July 1187, the great Kurdish warrior Saladin (Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub), who had spent years unifying the various Muslim factions of the Near East, met a huge Christian army of approximately 20,000 men under the command of Guy de Lusignan, King of Jerusalem. [read more]

King Richard's Return, Imprisonment and RansomKing Richard's Return, Imprisonment and Ransom

Richard the Lionheart left the Holy Land in the second week of October 1192. The Third Crusade had been only a partial success and, after three years of fighting the Saracens, the Christian warriors were exhausted and their numbers much depleted by disease, desertion and death in battle. [read more]