The mystery and historical significance of Sherwood Forest will be the topic of conversation at The Innings pub in Worksop next week when Professor Ian D . Rotherham presents his illustrated lecture Sherwood Forest & The Dukeries - A Companion to the Land of Robin Hood.
The talk is part of a meeting for the Priory Historical Society, but all are welcome to hear Prof Rotherham’s presentation, which is based on his own book of the same title.
“Sherwood Forest is arguably the most famous historic landscape in the world, immortalised through storytelling, mythology, romantic books, and ultimately by Hollywood,” said Prof Rotherham.
“This is the setting for Robin Hood, Little John and the rest of the Merry Men.”
“Yet behind the glamorous legends are equally fascinating places, people and histories.
“After the break-up of the Royal Hunting Forest came the famous establishment of great halls, houses and parks for the aristocracy, the so-called Dukeries, and then industry, with deep coal mining, wartime military training, and 20th Century forestry.”
“From the 19th Century onwards, the region was a notable tourism, which continues today as visitors from around the world come to experience the forest’s nature, history and myth.
Copies of the book will be on sale on the night, which takes place next Thursday (5th June) at 7.30pm.