RoS & History

RoS Timeline

Allen W. Wright's RoS timeline

The timeline below was constructed by Allen W. Wright (see his excellent Robin Hood -- Bold Outlaw of Barnesdale and Sherwood website!)

1180 Village of Loxley destroyed, Ailric killed. (Date shown on screen, but possibly occurred in 1178.)
3 September 1189 King Richard I's coronation. (Historical event mentioned in The Children of Israel. Sir Guy said that he was at the coronation with his father. Sheriff thought he'd be too young to remember it. So, he is supposedly a small child at this point.) Third Crusade begins.
1190 - 1192 Edmond of Gisburne supposedly killed in Palestine, although The Cross of St. Ciricus says Edmond fought in King Richard's (i.e. Third) Crusades which happened after King Richard's coronation, which Guy attended... Edmond actually survives and returns home to find Lady Margaret pregnant with Guy.
1191 - 1193 Guy of Gisburne born!!!!
April - May 1195 The band gets together. (1180 + 15 years. But really, the first episode probably happened in 1193, because that was before Kind Richard's return.... no wonder Gisburne seems like he was born yesterday!)
March 1194 King Richard returns from captivity, sieges Nottingham, goes hunting in Sherwood, holds a great council in Nottingham on March 30th, etc. (The actual historical date of the real events that inspired The King's Fool.) End of Season One.
1199-1201 Gisburne serves as "the worst page that ever dropped a cup of wine" to Earl of Gloucester. (Ten years before The Pretender.)
6 April 1199 King Richard dies from an arrow wound (well, more from the botched surgery) and John is crowned king on 27 May 1199 in Westminster Abbey. The events of the second season episode The Prophecy includes this event.
1198-1199 King John divorces Hadwisa (also called Isabella) of Gloucester.
24 August 1200 King John marries the 12-year-old Isabella of Angoulême (historical events referred to in The Pretender).
1202-1203 Arthur of Brittany, son of Richard's brother Geoffrey, captured by King John... and possibly murdered by John at some point. (Historical events referred to in The Pretender.)
10 May 1206 Janet of Elsdon (The Witch of Elsdon) is pardoned (date on the pardon).
1208 Robin of Loxley dies. End of Series Two.
1209-1211 The Third Season.
1209 According to the Robin Hood: The Hooded Man novelization, the events of Herne's Son took place in this year, one year after Robin of Loxley's death. Robert of Huntingdon becomes the new Robin Hood.
1209 Hadwisa upset about John divorcing her (Gods, news travels slow). John's "new" queen hasn't aged (she should look about 20 by now).
1211 Attempt on King John's life. Earl David of Huntingdon is among those accused. (Historical event that possibly inspired Rutterkin.)
1211 The Time of the Wolf (date mentioned on screen). It's said (in The Sheriff of Nottingham) that the outlaws have been in the forest for two years, this works if you take it to mean Huntingdon and accept the 1209 date.

Better just forget about dates and enjoy the show!

Frank Shailes' RoS timeline

RoS Timeline - Part I - Michael Praed Episodes

The timeline below was constructed by Frank Shailes based upon Allen W. Wright's original above, and is copyright to the authors.

Before Series 1:

c.1170?: Edmond of Gisburne supposedly killed in Palestine, although The Cross of St. Ciricus says Edmond fought in "King" Richard's (i.e. Third) wars, which if this refers to the Crusades which happened after King Richard's coronation, which Guy attended...! Edmond actually survives and returns home to find Lady Margaret pregnant with Guy. Probably these were earlier wars with "King" Richard (Lady Gisburne uses his latest title) when he was a young prince and fighting in Europe. It's likely then that it was c.1170 when Edmond of Gisburne was reported dead.

c.1173 (1171): Guy of Gisburne born (ten years before The Pretender he was not a knight, so he ought to be under 21 - the lowest age for knighthood - in c.1194 (1192). Knighted before April 1196 (1193) when he has taken up service with Abbot Hugo as "Guy the Gamekeeper"). See Note #2.

c.1175 (1173): Robin of Loxley born ('Legend' LP sleeve notes put him at 20 in Series One, i.e. about 5 at the start of the 1178/1180 sequence of the first episode).

c.1178 (1176): Marion of Leaford born (Legend sleeve notes put her at 17 in Series One).

1180 (1178): Village of Loxley destroyed, Ailric killed. (Date 1180 shown on screen, but possibly occurred in 1178. See The King's Fool below.) Robin is apparently 20 by 1195/6 (1193/4) (Legend sleeve notes) so must be 5 or so here.

c.1183 (1181): Robert of Huntingdon born (younger than his half-brother Guy of Gisburne, and based on the actor's age at filming - what was the gap for Lady Gisburne between having Guy, and her husband returning? Guy was old enough to ask questions... I think she was pregnant when he returned, but then some years would be required before David, Earl of Huntingdon, married his eventual wife and fathered Robert). In real history, David Earl of Huntingdon was temporarily stripped of his title from 1174 for ten years, due to taking part in Prince Henry's rebellion against Henry's father, King Henry II. He was then reconciled, and was involved in Richard's coronation...

3 September 1189: King Richard I's coronation. (Historical event mentioned in The Children of Israel. Sir Guy said that he was at the coronation with his father. Sheriff thought he'd be too young to remember it. So, he is supposedly a child at this point, but is aged about 16 to 19; but anything under 21 may have been considered a child in noble circles (knights no younger than 21). It's a bit rich to imagine Guy was too young to remember the events, and Guy corrects the Sheriff. Maybe the Sheriff was ridiculing Guy's naivety). The Third Crusade begins.

Before 1195: Gisburne serves as "the worst page that ever dropped a cup of wine" to the Earl of Gloucester. ("Ten" years before The Pretender.)
c.1194/1195 (1192/1193): Guy of Gisburne knighted and leaves the Earl of Gloucester's service to work for Abbot Hugo.

1195 (1193)-1202: The First Two Series:

April - 1 May 1195 (1193): Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (1 & 2). The band gets together. (1180 + 15 years. But really, the first episode probably happened in 1193, because that was before King Richard's return.)

May 1195 (1993): The Witch of Elsdon (3). 10 May, Janet of Elsdon is pardoned (date on the pardon, but the year there says '1206'!!). James and Martin join the Merries.

1195 (1193): Seven Poor Knights from Acre (4). James (TV) / Martin (book) is slain.

1195? (1193?): Alan a Dale (5). Not certain if this precedes The King's Fool or follows it (choose to taste); but as Martin (TV) / James (book) is still in the Merries, must precede Season Two.

March 1194: The King's Fool (6). King Richard returns from captivity, sieges Nottingham, goes hunting in Sherwood, holds a great council in Nottingham on March 30th, etc. (The actual historical date of the real events that inspired The King's Fool.) End of Season One.

1195?: The Swords of Wayland (11 & 12). Marion still thinks her father is dead.

1196?: Lord of the Trees (9). Bertrand de Nivelle notes Guy's fire/fight-scars, new since The King's Fool? Seems early - Gisburne seems unaware of the Blessing or annual increase in poaching at that time. Marion says "You've spared Gisburne twice" (both in series one - Sorcerer part 2 and Witch of Elsdon) so this must come before Children of Israel.

1198?: The Children of Israel (8). Came before Lord of the Trees in broadcast order, but that story probably chronologically precedes this given that Guy seemed new to gamekeeping in Sherwood then, and Gisburne is spared by Robin a third time here (see above). The Sheriff no doubt had more than one trip to London, but many fans like to think Gisburne is left in charge as Sheriff for Lord of the Trees, with the actual Sheriff returning from the same trip as in Children of Israel.
However, given that the real Sheriff makes a scheduled return, bringing money, of which he gave advance notice (albeit getting the exact date wrong!) this does not seem to be the same trip as in Lord of the Trees: there, Gisburne finally goes "much too far", threatens all the Sheriff's peasants at the hands of a marauding mercenary army, and drives Hugo to summon his brother back early.

After 6 April 1199, before 27 May 1199: The Prophecy (7). King Richard dies from an arrow wound (well, more from the botched surgery) and John is crowned king on 27 May 1199 in Westminster Abbey. In reality, John received the news of his brother's death whilst on the continent with Arthur and Constance of Brittany.

1199: King John divorces Hawise/Hadwisa (also called Isabella) of Gloucester. Marriage dissolved on grounds of consanguinity (both share the same great-grandfather, Henry I). Hadwisa is never actually crowned Queen.

c.1200: Sir Richard of Leaford returns from France following King Richard's death at Chalus, buying his way back into King John's favour.

24 August 1200: King John marries the 12/13-year-old Isabella of Angoulême (historical events referred to in The Pretender). Her birth, historically, was c.1187. This triggers wars in France from 1201 until 1220, with main conflicts in 1202-1206 (John losing three large provinces in late 1204).

Spring (May?) c.1202: The Enchantment (10) (shortly before The Greatest Enemy: Herne's comments "Soon will he face the greatest of enemies and find himself in the white flame of his power" to Marion in The Enchantment and "Who is the greatest enemy? Always with you, sometimes at your shoulder?" to Robin in The Greatest Enemy). "The Day of Mercury" (Wednesday). "The hour of his [Belleme's] death" can only refer to the time of day - it is not actually Beltane. Beltane fell on Wednesday in 1196 and 1202. Only the latter fits.

c. May/mid-late summer? 1202: The Greatest Enemy (13). Trees in full leaf, some browning? Robin of Loxley dies. End of Series Two.

RoS Timeline - Part II - Jason Connery Episodes

The timeline below was constructed by Frank Shailes. Thanks to Allen W. Wright for some entries.

c. 1202: The Merries argue, and part company. A pardon is given (bought) for Marion and she returns to live at Leaford Grange.

1 Aug 1202 - 3 (6?) Apr(?) 1203: Arthur of Brittany, son of Richard's brother Geoffrey, captured by King John at Mirebeau-en-Poitou... and possibly murdered by John at some point (traditionally 3 or 6th Apr 1203). (Historical events referred to in The Pretender.) Arthur of Brittany was was born on 29 Mar 1187 and he is rumoured to have been murdered in Rouen or Cherbourg over sixteen years later. He had been recognised as heir presumptive in 1190, brought up by Phillip II of France from 1996, promised his French lands (angered Eleanor of Aquitaine) and betrothed to Philip's daughter.

1203-1211 (or 1212?) The Third Series:

c. March - 1 April 1203?: Herne's Son (1&2). Just under a year since The Greatest Enemy (comments throughout). N.B. According to the 'Robin Hood: The Hooded Man' novelization, the events of Herne's Son took place in 1209, one year after Robin of Loxley's death. This doesn't really fit with the amount of adventures for each Robin, or the Merries' ageing in series 1 and 2. However, Robert, the Earl of Huntingdon's first son, (who in history died young) must have been born after 1190 (Earl's marriage). This makes him at least 12 years younger than Marion!! Clearly the Huntingdon offspring do not follow their historical timeline (Robert is still alive as an adult, not dead in childhood, and should have baby/toddler sisters by 1209!!).
Ends at "the end of this month", shortly after "The Feast of Arianrhod". Gulnar eats a pear at Huntingdon Castle (seasonal June through December but can be stored through to about March/April.)

c. April 1203: The Power of Albion (3). Robert of Huntingdon becomes the new Robin Hood. After a week or two, word spreads that Robin Hood has returned (Sir Richard of Leaford's words). Gisburne's sprained ankle has healed.
Spring flowers and new buds on trees (none/few in full leaf).

Spring 1204: Adam Bell (9). Must come before Sheriff of Nottingham (Much's comments about the Sheriff intending him a hanging). Second Robin's fame has spread. Little John's winter hair (wig) returns to normal hair, spring moves on by end. Edward de Rainault left his son Martin (conceived before dying on the 3rd Crusade, i.e. before late 1192) to his brother the Sheriff -- 11th birthday during this story (so, early 1204 at latest, probably earlier). Martin (the son) has been at the castle for 2 years (since 1202/03 gap when the outlaws were believed defeated - this fits well: the Sheriff might not consider it safe until then).

Winter 1204-05: The Betrayal (8). The "new" Robin has stolen Michaelmas and Easter taxes (Sep 1203 or 1204, and 25 Apr 1204 or 10 Apr 1205). Wars in France going badly (major territorial losses in late 1204 through to truce in Oct 1206). John's winter hair again (wig)! King John (and his Queen, one presumes) has not met Robert/Robin and needs a description. An early Huntingdon story, despite the playful kiss: the Merries tease Robert about his father, Marion mistrusts him for a while (and wears her Power of Albion costume), Will recalls the quarrels with Loxley: "All right: one leader".

Early 1205?: The Pretender (10): Arthur I of Brittany was born 29 Mar 1187 - Isabella of Angoulême is thought to have been born in 1187 too. His impostor (and Isabella) is well past puberty in this episode, so it's set after 1202 at least. King John's 12/13-year-old bride (since 24 Aug 1200) is now at least 5 years older (17 or 18, which coincidentally fits her appearance), and Hadwisa of Gloucester (and her father, who in history died in 1183) have had time to arrange the plot.
Since Guy was a page "ten" years before (more like 12), and the real Arthur is confirmed dead ("King John murdered him", Isabella saw it), this is probably after Easter 1203 (possibly before 1204?? Depending if the ten years reference is applied from 1993 or the 1195 date used on episode 1's caption). The Queen is still called "new" and "young", "some blame her for our losses in France" (King John caused a war there when he married her, during which he captured Arthur) - early 1205 fits the losses best.
Marion wear her purple robes still and seems to not yet be in love with Robert (the Arthur/Robert fight and aftermath). The Queen sees Robin clearly, so this must come after The Betrayal where the King needed a description of him (he wouldn't trust the Sheriff, but should trust the Queen as a witness - after all, she saw him murder the real Arthur).

Mid-Summer 1205: The Cross of St Ciricus (6). Robin's success is famous and news of his justice widespread. Marion not yet ready for romance, whereas in The Sheriff of Nottingham they are getting closer (nose rubbing!). Still early for Huntingdon, as Will resents how "the Earl's son puts me in my place". For discussion of Lady Gisburne's words, see Note #2.

Late Summer 1205: The Sheriff of Nottingham (5). It's said (in The Sheriff of Nottingham) that the outlaws have been in the forest for two years, this works if you take it to mean Huntingdon. Two sessions' taxes stolen (1 year), putting the Betrayal a year or more earlier. The "old prisoner" thinks he's been in the dungeon for 27 years (since 1176), so the Sheriff was in power at least 2 years before he killed Ailric of Loxley. By Time of the Wolf De Rainault's visiting mother must be about 75 or more(!), and the Sheriff himself at least 53 (assuming he's aged about 20 at the time of episode 1, a very young High Sheriff indeed!).

1206? October: Cromm Cruac (7). Tuck's been away from the abbey for how long? He was there from age 17 to 28, after 11 years the Abbot procured him appointment as Chaplain to the Sheriff of Nottingham - being 28 in 1993 or so, he must be at least 41 now! Marion admits to the Abbot that she loves Robin, so must come after The Cross of St. Ciricus when she is unsure. Gulnar to Robin: "Long have I awaited you!" - about 3 years

1209?: The Inheritance (4). Midsummer. Crusades 17 years earlier would be a good fit for Raven and Skulley's ages (mid-late 30s). Robin seems reconciled to his father, so may follow Rutterkin; however Carpenter's novelisation has the events of Time of the Wolf following soon after Rutterkin (the King flees there from the Nottingham riots, to be with his anti-Llewellyn army). Marion is not averse to spending her life alone with Robin in Caerleon, and holds his hand on the 3-day walk home. Ah, romance!

1209 (November): King John excommunicated.

c.1211/2: Rutterkin (11). Attempt on King John's life. In history, King John learned of a plot to assassinate him while at Nottingham in 1212. One of the suspected plotters was the Earl of Huntingdon. However, Marion is still with the outlaws in this story so it must be set earlier than Time of the Wolf. Robin seems to know Guy is his brother (after St Ciricus, then?). He asks his father to use his influence to curb King John's excesses, perhaps leading into the 1214-15 Baronial revolt. The Earl seems a little infirm (struggling with Edgar) not surprising if he's about 67 years old! Marion seems very close to Robin, "oh yes you will!" re: pig-gathering. Almost like a wife ;o)

1211/2: The Time of the Wolf (12 & 13). (1211 date mentioned on screen). Despite having put down the Welsh Uprising of 1211, King John was planning a campaign against the Welsh in 1212: the Merries saving of the grain must have delayed John's invasion plans from 1211 to 1212! Either that or the Sheriff is post-dating his tithes (possible, especially when one considers that the events of Rutterkin correspond with 1212 in real history; see above).

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Note #1: Episode Order
Using the evidence, history, and some guesses, the best-fit episode order could be:

Series 1-2:
1-2: Robin Hood and the Sorcerer (1 & 2). April - 1 May 1193.
3: The Witch of Elsdon (3). May 1993.
4: Seven Poor Knights from Acre (4). 1193.
5: Alan a Dale (5). 1193?
6: The King's Fool (6). March 1194.
7-8: The Swords of Wayland (11 & 12). Early Summer - 1195?
9: Lord of the Trees (9). 1196?
10: The Children of Israel (8). 1198?
11: The Prophecy (7). After 6 April 1199, before 27 May 1199.
12: The Enchantment (10). Spring 1202.
13: The Greatest Enemy (13). c. May 1202.

Series 3:
1-2: Herne's Son (1&2). c. March/April 1203.
3: The Power of Albion (3). c. April/May 1203.
4: Adam Bell (9). Winter 1203-Spring 1204.
5: The Betrayal (8). Winter 1204-05.
6: The Pretender (10). Early 1205?
7: The Cross of St Ciricus (6). mid-Summer 1205.
8: The Sheriff of Nottingham (5). late-Summer 1205.
9: Cromm Cruac (7). End-October. c.1206?
10: The Inheritance (4). Midsummer. 1209?
11: Rutterkin (11). c.1211 or 1212.
12-13: The Time of the Wolf (12 & 13). 1211 (or 1212).

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Note #2: Some musings on Guy of Gisburne's birth

Was Guy of Gisburne born after 1189? According to Lady Margaret Gisburne's confession in The Cross of St Ciricus, Edmond of Gisburne, disgusted with his and Lady Margaret's inability to conceive children, became cruel and violent. Eventually he went with "King" Richard to the Holy Land, where he was apparently killed. Lady Margaret then married her lover, David of Huntingdon, in secret. She hoped that David's father, the Earl (died 1152 in real history), would one day accept their marriage. But Edmond actually survived and returned home to find Lady Margaret pregnant with Guy. Shortly after Guy was born, David inherited the Earldom of Huntingdon (1152 in real history!), and marries another woman (in real history, David married Maud(e) de Kevilioc or De Kerlioc, daughter of the Earl of Chester, in 1190); Margaret then felt it is too late to tell him that he gave her a son. After enduring years of cruelty, Guy is eventually told of his illegitimacy by Edmond. Guy then alienates his mother.

Lady Margaret cannot refer to the Third Crusade which began after King Richard's coronation (1189), which Guy says he attended. Either Guy or his mother is misinformed! Setting RoS around 1209, as in the final novelisation, would make Guy around 20 when the series finished, and solve many of these problems; however, King Richard is clearly alive and well in The King's Fool, having just returned from the short captivity in Austria/Germany following the Crusade (relaying Saladin's words to Nasir; the King's ransom is also mentioned). This occurred in 1194 in real history, but Guy is no five-year-old child there but a full-fledged Knight.

The only way to reconcile Lady Gisburne's confession is to assume that she is delirious with pain and shock and misremembering the exact circumstances of Edmond's absence. He may indeed have Crusaded later, but Guy must 've been born around 1170-1175. Probably the wars in which Edmond went missing/ presumed-dead were earlier wars with the King-to-be, Richard, when he was a young prince and fighting in Europe. David of Huntingdon was born around 1144, so a dalliance at the age of 26 (around 1170) would not be unreasonable. Gisburne may have rejected his mother as early as age 7 (circa 1178) after David married; in the RoS universe David's father, the old Earl, must have lived longer than the 1152 in our universe - it seems wrong for David to impregnate someone before age 8! It took some years for Edmond to tell Guy he was illegitimate: Margaret kept quiet about the father's identity when David married (before 1179 in RoS universe, going by Robert/Robin's age).

All comments and suggestions are welcome! The "real" history of Plantagenet times can't align exactly with RoS in all respects - but it can come pretty close!

RoS Fandom History

Over twenty-five years after Robin of Sherwood was made, it's fandom is still very much alive and thriving. This is an overview of what happened in all those years. The early years are based on A History of 'Robin of Sherwood' fandom in the United States that Cindy Fairbanks compiled for the Weekend in Sherwood I (1992) convention program booklet.

1984
  • SHOW:
    • RoS premiers on HTV in the UK. Series One is aired from April through May
    • Series Two is filmed
    • RoS (Series One and Two) is shown on Showtime Cable Network in the USA as Robin Hood from April through December
    • Puffin Books (UK) publishes the book Robin of Sherwood, the novelization of Series One
    • Clannad releases their Legend album with the RoS sound track
    • Anabas releases a RoS poster, bearing the image of Michael Praed as Robin of Loxley
1985
  • SHOW:
    • RoS Series Two is shown on HTV (UK) from March through April
    • Series Three is filmed
    • RoS Series One and Two are repeated on Showtime (USA) from September through December
    • Three RoS Series One episodes (Robin Hood and the Sorcerer, part 1-2, The Witch of Elsdon) are shown on Pervyi Kanal (USSR) in July
    • Puffin Books (UK) publishes the book Robin of Sherwood and the Hounds of Lucifer, the novelization of Series Two
  • FANCLUBS: The first RoS fanclub, Robin Hood North American Branch (ROSNAB), is founded (club newsletter A shot in the Dark)
  • CONS: OMACON 5 (USA) - RoS guest Richard "Kip" Carpenter
1986
  • SHOW:
    • RoS Series Three airs on HTV (UK) from April through June
    • RoS Series Three is shown on Showtime (USA) in January
    • Puffin Books (UK) publishes the books Robin of Sherwood: The Hooded Man and Robin Hood: The Time of the Wolf, the novelization of 5 episodes from Series Three
    • World International Publishing Ltd. publishes the Robin of Sherwood Annual
    • CBS/Fox Playhouse Video (USA) releases Robin Hood and the Sorcerer and The Swords of Wayland on video (NTSC)
    • Anabas releases a RoS poster, bearing the image of Jason Connery as Robert of Huntingdon
  • FANCLUBS: Two UK RoS fanclubs see the light: Forest (club newsletter Sherwood) and the Robin of Sherwood Society (club newsletter Wolfshead)
  • CONS: SCORPIO 4 (USA) - RoS guest Mark Ryan
  • FANFIC:
    • WOLFSHEAD (first RoS fanzine)
    • BROTHERLY LOVE (first RoS novel/novella)
    • QUARTERSTAFF (first RoS letterzine)
1987
  • SHOW:
    • Puffin Books (UK) publishes two RoS games books, The King's Demon and The Sword of the Templar
    • CBS/Fox Playhouse Video (USA) releases Herne's Son and The Time of the Wolf on video (NTSC)
    • Three RoS Series One episodes (Robin Hood and the Sorcerer, part 1-2, The Witch of Elsdon) are reshown on Pervyi Kanal (USSR) with two Series One episodes (Alan a Dale, The King's Fool) and two Series Two episodes (Lord of the Trees, The Greatest Enemy) from July through August
  • FANCLUBS: Guy's Gang, a Robert Addie fanclub, is founded
  • CONS:
    • DESTINY (USA) - RoS guest Ray Winstone
    • GREENWOOD I (UK) - RoS guests Phil Rose, Robert Addie, Nickolas Grace, John Abineri, Claire Toeman, Richard O'Brien, Paul Knight, Esta Charkham and Richard Carpenter
    • MERRIES WEEKEND (USA) - RoS guests Ray Winstone and Peter Llewellyn Williams
    • STAR ONE (USA) - RoS guest Ray Winstone
    • SCORPIO 5 (USA) - RoS guests Richard "Kip" Carpenter, Michael Praed and Mark Ryan
  • FANFIC:
    • ALBION 1
    • DREAMS (novella)
    • LONGBOW 1
    • THE HOODED MAN (novel/novella)
    • THE ORIGINAL ROBIN HOOD ZINE
    • SHERWOOD DIGEST
    • SHADOWS AND TRAVELLERS
1988
  • FANCLUBS: Both UK fanclubs, Forest and the Robin of Sherwood Society, stop
  • CONS:
    • DESTINY 2 (USA) - RoS guest Mark Ryan
    • GREENWOOD II (UK) - RoS guests ?
    • MERRIES WEEKEND (USA) - RoS guests Mark Ryan and Robert Addie
    • SCORPIO 6 (USA) - RoS guests Michael Praed, Clive Mantle and Lewis Collins
  • FANFIC:
    • ALBION 2
    • ARROWFLIGHT
    • HERNE'S SON 1
    • THE HOODED MAN 2 (first zine with colour cover)
    • LONGBOW 2
    • REBELLION
    • THE SIEGE OF HUNTINGDON (novel)
    • SUNSET OVER SHERWOOD (novella)
    • TALES FROM SHERWOOD
    • RHIANNON'S WHEEL (first RoS filk tape)
1989
  • SHOW: RoS Series One and Two air on NOS (NL) from July through August
  • CONS:
    • REBELLION (USA) - RoS guests Clive Mantle and Mark Ryan
    • ANGLICON 2 (USA) - RoS guests Michael Praed, Ray Winstone and Mark Ryan
    • SCORPIO 7 (USA) - RoS guests Mark Ryan, Peter Llewellyn Williams, Robert Addie
    • GREENWOOD III (UK) - RoS guests Clive Mantle, Jeremy Bulloch, Terry Walsh, Graeme Crowther and Terry Richards
    • BRITS IN SPACE (USA) - RoS guest Mark Ryan
    • MID-SOUTH CON (USA) - RoS guest Mark Ryan
  • FANFIC:
    • ALBION 3
    • ALBION SPECIAL 1 (two novels, Brother Will and Swordbrothers)
    • APOCRYPHAL ALBION 1
    • ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE (novel)
    • HERNE'S SON 2
    • HERNE'S SON 3
    • HERNE'S STEPCHILDREN (letterzine replacing QUARTERSTAFF)
    • IN THE SHADOW OF THE WHEEL, Vol 1 (novel)
    • LEGEND 1
    • LONGBOW 3
1990
  • SHOW:
    • Puffin Books (UK) publishes the omnibus The Complete Adventures of Robin of Sherwood
    • The complete RoS series is shown on NOS (NL) from September through February 1991
  • FANCLUBS: Spirit of Sherwood replaces ROSNAB (club newsletter On Target)
  • CONS:
    • HERNE'S CON (USA) - RoS guests Mark Ryan and Terry Walsh
    • VISIONS 1 (USA) - RoS guests Michael Praed, Mark Ryan and Terry Walsh
  • FANFIC:
    • ALBION 4
    • ALBION SPECIAL 2 (two novels, Enchantment and Night of the Raven)
    • APOCRYPHAL ALBION 2
    • HERNE'S SON 4
    • IN CAMELOT'S SHADOW (novel)
    • LEGEND 2
    • LONGBOW 4
    • LOXLEY 1
    • BRIGHT FOREST (second RoS filk tape)
1991
  • FANCLUBS: US RoS fanclub Friends of Robin of Sherwood (club newsletter Journal of friends of Robin of Sherwood), US Michael Praed fanclub Michael Praed Network (club newsletter Michael Praed Network Newsletter), and Cousins, a RoS letterzine, are started
  • CONS:
    • SON OF HERNE'S CON (USA) - RoS guests Richard "Kip" Carpenter and Mark Ryan
    • VISIONS 2 (USA) - RoS guests Richard "Kip" Carpenter, Mark Ryan and Clive Mantle
    • TECHNICON (USA) - RoS guest Mark Ryan
  • FANFIC:
    • ALBION 5
    • APOCRYPHAL ALBION 3
    • FORBIDDEN FOREST 1
    • IN THE SHADOW OF THE WHEEL, Vol 2 & 3
    • LADY OF SHERWOOD (novel)
    • LEGEND 3
    • LONGBOW 5
    • LOXLEY 2
    • SACRIFICIAL KING
    • SHERWOOD LEGACY I (novel)
    • TREE OF LIFE 1
    • TREE OF LIFE 2
1992
  • CONS:
    • EVECON (USA) - RoS guest Mark Ryan
    • TORONTO TREK (USA) - RoS guests Mark Ryan and Clive Mantle
    • WEEKEND IN SHERWOOD I (USA) - RoS guests Richard "Kip" Carpenter and Mark Ryan
    • VISIONS 3 (USA) - RoS guest Michael Praed
  • FANFIC:
    • ALBION 6
    • APOCRYPHAL ALBION 4
    • THE CAULDRON
    • HERNE'S SON 5
    • HUNTINGDON
    • KINGDOM OF OUTLAWS
    • LEGEND 4
    • LOXLEY 3
    • ROBIN OF LOXLEY: THE MISSING YEARS (novel)
    • ROBIN OF LOXLEY: THE EARLY YEARS (novel)
    • THE TURN OF THE WHEEL
    • CROSSBOW CHRONICLES
    • TREE OF LIFE 3
    • ROBIN AND MARION
    • GUARDIAN OF THE ARROW
    • KALEIDOSCOPE 1
    • FORBIDDEN FOREST 2
    • SHERWOOD SCROLLS 1
1993
  • FANCLUBS: RoS fanclub Friends of Robin of Sherwood and RoS letterzine Cousins cease
  • CONS:
    • WEEKEND IN SHERWOOD II (USA) - RoS guests Richard "Kip" Carpenter and Mark Ryan
    • EXCALIBUR (UK) - RoS guests Michael Praed and Nickolas Grace
    • GREENWOOD IV (UK) - RoS guests Richard "Kip" Carpenter, Annabel Lee, Michael Praed, Nickolas Grace, Mark Ryan, Phil Rose, Judi Trott, Stuart Linden, Terry Walsh, Gabe Cronnelly
    • VISIONS 4 (USA) - Ros guests Mark Ryan, Jeremy Bulloch, John Abineri
  • FANFIC:
    • ALBION 7
    • ALBION SPECIAL 3 (two novels, Oath of Brotherhood and Robin Hood and the Time of the Dragons)
    • APOCRYPHAL ALBION 5
    • OAKEN HEART
    • GUARDIAN OF THE ARROW
    • SWORD 1
    • TREE OF LIFE 4
    • GOOD GUYS WEAR FANGS 2
    • SHERWOOD TUNNELS 8
    • CHRONICLES OF SHERWOOD
    • THE ALTERNATIVE ROBIN OF SHERWOOD ZINE
    • THE ARROW AND THE SWORD (novel)
    • THE GISBURNE STORY
    • GREENWOOD AND BEYOND
    • LEGENDS OF THE GREENWOOD (novel)
    • SHERWOOD LEGACY III (novel)
    • THE PIT OF FEAR (novella)
    • SILVER ARROW PART V: REBIRTH
1994
  • FANCLUBS: RoS letterzine Wolfshead (UK) starts
  • CONS:
    • WEEKEND IN SHERWOOD III (USA) - RoS guests Ray Winstone and hist daughter Lois
    • VISIONS 5 (USA) - RoS guests Mark Ryan and Phil Rose
  • FANFIC:
    • ALBION 8
    • APOCRYPHAL ALBION 6
    • FORBIDDEN FOREST 3
    • LADY WOLFSHEAD
    • LEGEND 6
    • A KILLING FROST (long story)
    • JEWEL OF SHERWOOD
1995
  • FANCLUBS:
    • Nothing's Forgotten, a UK RoS fanclub, is founded (club newsletter Nothing's Forgotten)
    • The RoS mailing list, the first Internet E-mail list, is started
    • The Spirit of Sherwood Website, the first RoS Website, is started (on Logomancy)
    • Letterzine Sherwood's Voices (US) starts
  • CONS:
    • ALBION '95 (UK) - RoS guests Richard and Annie Carpenter, Mark Ryan, Phil Rose, Jeremy Bulloch and Terry Walsh
    • BRIANNICON '95 (USA) - RoS guest Mark Ryan
    • VISIONS 6 (USA) - RoS guests Michael Praed and Terry Walsh
  • FANFIC:
    • ALBION 9
    • UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE 1
    • OUTLAW TALES
    • LEGEND 7
    • SHERWOOD SCROLLS II
1996
  • SHOW: RoS Series One and Two air on NOS (NL) in December
  • CONS:
    • ALBION '96 (UK) - RoS guests Mark Ryan and Terry Walsh
    • WEEKEND IN SHERWOOD IV (USA) - RoS guests Mark Ryan and Jeremy Bulloch
    • VISIONS 7 (USA) - RoS guest Mark Ryan
  • FANFIC:
    • ALBION 10
    • APOCRYPHAL ALBION 7
    • SAXON CHRONICLES 1
    • CELTIC OAK
    • SWORD 2
    • MERRY MEN
1997
  • SHOW: RoS Series Three airs on NOS (NL) in December
  • CONS:
    • WEEKEND IN SHERWOOD V (USA) - RoS guests Michael Praed, Mark Ryan, Jeremy Bulloch and Robbie Bulloch
    • SILVER ARROW '97 (UK) - RoS guests Phil Rose, Terry Walsh, Stuart Linden, Esta Charkham, Robert Addie, Judi Trott
  • FANFIC:
    • ALBION 11
    • WILDWOOD
    • KALEIDOSCOPE 2
1998
  • SHOW: The complete RoS series is shown on TV-6 (Russia) from August trough November
  • FANCLUBS: Addie's Faction, a Robert Addie fanclub, is founded
  • CONS:
    • WEEKEND IN SHERWOOD VI (USA) - RoS guest Jeremy Bulloch
    • SILVER ARROW '98 (UK) - RoS guests Phil Rose, Terry Walsh, Stuart Linden, Robert Addie, Jeremy Bulloch
  • FANFIC:
    • SCIRWUDE (SAXON CHRONICLES 2)
    • TRAVELLER'S TALES
    • A KINDNESS IN HELL
1999
  • SHOW: Network releases the complete RoS series on 8 digitally remastered videotapes (PAL)
  • FANCLUBS:
    • Nothing's Forgotten, the UK RoS fanclub, ceases
    • Other Internet RoS mailing lists appear on eGroups
  • CONS: WEEKEND IN SHERWOOD VII (USA) - RoS guests Mark Ryan and Jeremy Bulloch
  • FANFIC:
    • The Robin of Sherwood Fanfic Archive, a web site for RoS fanfic on the Internet, is opened
    • THE MYSTIC FOREST
2000
  • SHOW:
    • Network also releases the RoS videos in NTSC format
    • John Abineri passes away
  • FANCLUBS: Tales of Sherwood Forest, a regular RoS zine, starts
  • CONS: SILVER ARROW 2000 (UK) - RoS guests Robert Addie, Nickolas Grace, Terry Walsh, Nigel Bell, Anthony Valentine, Stuart Linden
2001
  • FANFIC: ALBION SPECIAL 4 (novella Valediction)
2002
  • SHOW:
    • Network releases RoS on Region 0/PAL DVD
    • Terry Walsh passes away
2003
  • SHOW:
    • Network releases RoS on Region 1/NTSC DVD
    • Robert Addie passes away
  • FANCLUBS: Michael Praed Network stops
  • CONS:
    • SILVER ARROW 2003 (UK) - RoS guests Phil Rose, Robert Addie, Nigel Bell, Jeremy and Robbie Bulloch, Richard and Annie (Annabelle Lee) Carpenter, Nickolas Grace, Stuart Linden, Michael Praed and Judi Trott
    • WEEKEND IN SHERWOOD VIII (US) - RoS guests Jason Connery and Robert Addie
2004
  • CONS: LEGEND 2004 (UK) - RoS guests Phil Rose, Jeremy Bulloch and Nickolas Grace
2005
  • SHOW: RoS reshown again in the UK by ITV3
  • FANCLUBS: Michael Praed fanclub Fanfare starts
  • CONS: WEEKEND IN SHERWOOD IX (USA) - RoS guest Mark Ryan
  • FANFIC: ALBION 13
2006
  • SHOW:
    • Network and Studio Printer release the RoS DVDs in Polish
    • RoS reshown again in the UK by ITV3
    • Network and Koch Media release the RoS DVDs in German
  • CONS: LEGEND 2006 (UK) - RoS guests Phil Rose, Nickolas Grace, Richard Carpenter and Annabelle Lee
2007
  • SHOW:
    • Network and Acorn Media release the RoS DVDs in the USA
    • Network and Just Entertainment release the RoS DVDs in The Netherlands (subtitled)
    • RoS reshown again in the UK by ITV3
2008
  • CONS: LEGEND 2008 (UK) - RoS guests Mary Ryan, Richard Carpenter and Annabelle Lee
2010
  • SHOW: Network releases RoS Series One and Two on Region B Blu-ray Disc
2011
  • SHOW:
    • Network and Acorn Media release RoS Series One and Two on Region A Blu-ray Disc in the USA
    • Network releases RoS Series Three on Region B Blu-ray Disc
2012
  • SHOW:
    • Network and Acorn Media release RoS Series Three on Region A Blu-ray Disc in the USA
    • Richard Carpenter passes away
2014
  • SHOW:
    • Miwk Publishing (UK) publishes the books Hooded Man Volume One and Hooded Man Volume Two, the essential guides on RoS
    • Trial of Robin of Sherwood publishes the RoS Filming Locations Road Map and Guide Book
  • CONS: THE HOODED MAN (UK) - RoS guests Michael Praed, Jason Connery, Judi Trott, Mark Ryan, Valentine Pelka, Nickolas Grace, Esta and Beth Charkham, David Holloway, Claire Toeman, Michael Craig, and Daniel Peacock
2015
  • SHOW: Anthony Valentine passes away
  • CONS: BRITISH FEST II (USA) / Spirit of Sherwood 25th anniversary - RoS guest Mark Ryan
2016
  • SHOW: Spiteful Puppet releases The Knights of the Apocalypse audio play and book
  • CONS: THE HOODED MAN II (UK) - RoS guests Jason Connery, Michael Praed, Judi Trott, Mark Ryan, Clive Mantle, Peter Llewellyn Williams, Jeremy Bulloch, Philip Jackson, Phil Davis, Rula Lenska, Marcus Gilbert, James Coombes, Esta Charkham, Claire Toeman, and Michael Craig

Last updated Fri 19 Aug 2016