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Robin Hood: Fact or Fable? 23 December 2011

“Robin Hood, Robin Hood riding through the Glen, Robin Hood, Robin Hood with his merry men…” Join renowned speaker and regular guest of the Manx National Heritage lecture programme Professor Ronald Hutton, as he sets out to answer three key questions about the legendary Robin Hood: why he should have achieved his legendary status, what his legend actually is, and whether there were ever any genuine historical characters behind him and the other members of his band in the legendary accounts of it. It will also answer, in passing, the question of why he wasn't Manx!

The immensely popular British historian Professor Hutton will present a talk on the notorious character of Robin Hood on Friday 13th January, 7.30pm at the Manx Museum. Professor Hutton lectures at the University of Bristol and frequently appears as a consultant on British television and radio. He is also an author and an authority in a range of subjects, including Britain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, ancient and medieval paganism and the global context of witchcraft beliefs.

His engaging talk on Traditional Fairy Beliefs at the Gaiety Theatre in January 2011 drew an audience of over 400. Just as there is a growing fascination with fairy folklore, the tales of Robin Hood have never been more captivating.

Robin Hood has become the most famous outlaw of all time. From literature, plays, to blockbuster films and now a popular television series on the BBC, the awareness of Robin Hood is widespread around the world. Can it be said that there may be more than one ‘Robin Hood’?

Join Hutton for this captivating presentation on 13th January, doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start at the Manx Museum. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 to children and the Friends of Manx National Heritage. Tickets are available now from and the Manx Museum Shop. Places limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

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