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Crime in the Hood in Robin’s day

NMAC-Sherwood Forest Crime and Punishment
Members of the public visit the popular Trade Stands

NMAC-Sherwood Forest Crime and Punishment Members of the public visit the popular Trade Stands

 

Visitors to Sherwood Forest crossed swords with each other as they were regaled with cautionary tales of medieval crime and punishment.

The Medieval May Fair drew thousands of visitors eager to experience rough justice in Robin Hood’s day.

Plantagenet Events meted out much medieval mayhem and exciting living history performances showing how people were brought to justice for crimes in the 1300s and 1400s.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s site manager at Sherwood Forest Country Park said: “It was a good event with excellent attendance of around 7,000 visitors over Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday which was obviously helped by the kind weather.

“The living history displays and traders were well-received and the beautiful setting of Sherwood Forest was the perfect backdrop to the medieval fair.”

Folk browsed around the market stalls and living history demonstrations during the two-day event at the country park, owned by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Robin Hood and the Sheriff’s men battled throughout the day.

The event featured a manorial court where peasants were tried for poaching.

Punishments could range from a fine for killing a rabbit to being tried for treason if someone killed a deer owned by the King or his noblemen.

Stocks and pillories also played their part during the weekend with some volunteers happy to be in the firing line.

 

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