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Thread #129653   Message #2914396
Posted By: GUEST,Janet
25-May-10 - 11:33 PM
Thread Name: Robin Hood in the Crusades?
Subject: RE: Robin Hood in the Crusades?
Yes, Kendall, Flynn was Tasmanian, and a quite a devil, too! As a US resident all my life, I like you, was thrilled to visit Runnymede and see where the Magna Carta was written and to see the JFK memorial there, too. However, I learned on my second visit to the UK that King John did not "sign" the Magna Carta. Instead, his seal was applied to it. I learned this at Lincolnshire Castle which has one of the original documents. As I recall, at least 4 of the original documents were made (by hand, of course) and John's seal applied to each. I think the reason it was sealed instead of signed was that everyone could recognize the seal but not everyone could read a signature, or the document itself for that matter. Also during this trip I went to Nottingham and walked in Sherwood Forest. I bought a golf shirt that says Robin Hood, Nottinghamshire, and has an embroidered silhouette of the archer drawing his bow. Because the weather here has just turned warm, I took it out. Now people are asking me where I got it because they think it is promoting Crowe's movie! I haven't seen that and probably won't until it's available for borrowing through my library. I think that I will prefer the Flynn and Greene portrayals of Robin.