A carriage is brought to a halt on the road to Nottingham. The nobles within peek past the curtains to see bandits on all sides. They scan the grimy faces of the hostile woodsman to see if they can recognize that famous outlaw, that protector and avenger of the poor and downtrodden, that paragon of armed social justice, that singular personification of class conflict: Robin Hood.

A couple of offhand comments from historian Simon Schama in A History of Britain (one in the book and one on TV) prompted me to write about classical-liberal class-conflict theory and the legend of the western world’s most famous bandit-hero:

“Class War in the Time of Robin Hood” in today’s Freeman.

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