Robin’s hood may have been to hide his identity. In some popular portrayals, he is masked, in others, he simply hides in the forest. In any case, this lower class bandit, who fought against the greed of the Church and the landlords, who robbed the rich and gave to the poor, has inspired people—including a number of bank robbers—up to the present day. His original identity has long been disputed, but the idea that he was a dispossessed noble rather than a commoner was only introduced into later versions of the telling.
Posted on January 3, 2013
Posted in: Masks throughout history