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Lords of the Greenwood

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Yorkshire, 1320.
Wrongfully accused of murder, young Robert Hood of Wakefield finds himself outlawed along with his bitter enemy Will Shacklock. Taking to the woods of Barnsdale, Robert and Will agree on an uneasy truce and begin recruiting a band of thieves fleeing the chaos of the Earl of Lancaster's rebellion against King Edward II. Under the guidance of Old Stephen; a wandering teller of tales, Robert takes on the mantle of the mythical 'Hobhood' and becomes part of the forest itself.

But Old Stephen has a tale of his own. He was once a follower of the famed outlaw Roger Godberd who haunted Sherwood Forest a generation earlier. Evading his old enemy, the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, this Hobhood of an earlier age struck terror into the hearts of the nobility and clergy. Although inspired by Old Stephen's tales, Robert learns that freedom comes with a price and he begins to wonder if any of them can find redemption or if history is forever doomed to repeat itself...

Blending real history with medieval ballads this is the entwined saga of two historical figures, separated by a generation, who together inspired the tales of England's famous hooded outlaw.

Genre: Historical

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