[quote="Petergee, post:16, topic:217336"]
:confused: the traditional tales portray him bending the rules a little, but not doing anythiung "unholy"! (Disregard the absolutely awful recent film where he and Maid Marian are portrayed as anachronistic protestants.).
Here is a link to a site about Robin Hood:
and a quote:
"Most Robin Hood stories these days are set in the era of Richard I. There were no friars in England back then. It doesn't help that the early ballads are set in later times, because Tuck's not in them either. But he does pop up as Frere Tuk in a relatively early fragment of Robin Hood drama, circa 1475, but he was not the fat, jolly friar we know today. Perhaps that's because this Tuck might have been inspired by a real person.
Twice in 1417, royal writs demand the arrest of an outlaw who led a band which robbed, murdered and committed other acts of general mayhem. One report says he "assumed the name of Frere Tuk newly so called in the common parlance." As Holt explains "the men who drafted the writs of 1417 had apparently never heard the name Friar Tuck before." A letter in 1429 says Tuck is still at large, and mentions his real identity -- Robert Stafford, chaplain of Lindfield, Sussex.
This chaplain may have employed an alias from a pre-existing legend, but it's quite possible that he was the first to use the name of Tuck."