There are actually rumours that Robin Hood was based on William Wallace. Jack Whyte wrote a book on the life of Wallace, most of it is speculation of course because Wallace was not from a rich or noble house so there are not many sources. But apparently there are some real similarities between them, Wallace and Hood opposed oppression and were both highly skilled archers, check out Wallace's coat of arms. Wallace supposedly also had his own 'Maid Marion,' but of course we don't know if this was true, and apparently Wallace became a figure of respect, even in parts of England. I would recommend you check out the book, it's actually an interesting story, even if most of it is speculation, there are actually no sources of Wallace before his guardianship of Scotland, which was until 1298 - 1299, and then we don't get another one until the 1305 arrest warrant issued by Edward. I'm convinced that every Edward is evil, just a shame I share that all my names, including my middle ones, are the same as English kings! Here is an article about it. William Wallace: The Real Robin Hood?Robin Hood is an interesting example. There was, for a fact, a lot of "free men" that lived as robbers in that time so a figure like him can very well have existed but the tales are of course over the top. The oldest source where he is mentioned before all the romance was put in (Marion) then its just him and Little John as leaders for a band of Free men angry at the evil King. And that evil King was Edward, not John. Sadly it does not say which edward. So i think it is possible that a kind of proto-Robin Hood existed in that time but the stories are then exxagerated and later they planted them in King John And King Richard I time. The time of the Edwards was a time of high taxation because of all the wars they fought. This drove many from their homes to a life as robbers, especially during the weak Edward II that was despised by his people. The other Edwards you complained about the taxes but you respected them as Kings (at least in England, i'm sure Scotland had a very different view of it since many of the wars was against Scotland). So i'm inclined to believe (since i am of the opinion that many legends has a basis in fact) a proto Robin Hood existed in the time of Edward II and then the myth grow from there, a romantic interest was added (Marion) a big Foe (Sheriff of Nottingham) and other characters was introduced and the setting changed to a suitable chivalric era. A typical case of mythbuilding from a rather small but still factual basis.