Archetypal English Archer Hero


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Forget Robin Hood...... William of Cloudesley. Medieval ballad featuring Evil crones, loyal wife, sword fights, wand shooting (400 yds), gibbets, apple on son's head at 140 yds and this bit predates Wil Tell. Good honest English yeoman, no pretensions to grandeur, like the Earl of Huntingdon. As the tale is based round Carlisle it is more likely to be based on fact than either Robin Hood or William Tell. Events like this were a fairly average day in Carlisle prior to the 18th century, Border Reiving and all that. Tale is probably pre 1400's. For a Victorian version Google William of Cloudslee and Medieval Middle English version try William of Cloudesley. For younger readers a yd is a bit like a metre, but English.