By Nigel Cawthorne

Who was once Robin Hood? all through historical past the figures of the hooded guy of Sherwood woodland and his band of outlaws have transfixed readers and audience; yet the place does the parable come from? the tale seemed out of the legend of the fairway guy yet came upon its place through the reign of Richard II, the Lionheart, who used to be clear of England struggling with within the crusades. In his absence his brother John lay waste to the rustic. yet does this inform the entire tale? was once Robin a bandit prince sooner than a troop of brigands? Who used to be the Sherrif and was once he in truth the valid legislation within the land struggling with vigilantes?

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However, there was not room enough for all his men. Although the battle would take place when William wanted it to, the ground favoured the English. William's army formed three divisions in the valley below, each of three lines: in the front, archers, next heavy cavalry, last cavalry. In the centre stood William and the Normans, his Breton allies on the left, and other French contingents on the right. The circumstances of the battle committed the English to defend, and the Normans to attack, but it is also true that William had more options open to him.

It was combined with a policy of dividing the raiders. The Norwegian Olaf Tryggvason was party to the 994 treaty. He kept his vow not to return and became a nuisance to Swein in Norway, which they both claimed. Pallig, Swein's brother-in-law, who defected to him in 1001, entered Aethelred's service at an earlier date, and Thorkell was in Aethelred's pay from 1012 until the end of 1015. Fighting could be as expensive, if not more so, than tribute-paying when the costs of campaigning and plundering are taken into account, and English forces were not above 'foraging' for provisions either.

For Otto, a victory would crown the restoration of his authority following the 953-54 rebellion. Otto's rapid move to the Danube in July sacrificed numbers for surprise. He had with him his Saxon household troop, but the bulk of the Saxon forces were left to deal with the Slavs. His main strength came from the other duchies, although many Lotharingians were unable to muster in time, and a Bohemian contingent, perhaps 4,000 armoured horsmen in all. They were outnumbered by the Magyars who were besieging Augsburg when a Bavarian rebel informed them of Otto's approach from the northwest.

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