In the years of King Richard the Lionheart (1189-1199) there lived a brave and intelligent man called Robin Hood. He was a feared outlaw, who loved liberty and hated oppression. He took the law into his own hands and robbed the rich to give to the poor. People loved him and thought of him as a justice-maker. In time he acquired a heroic reputation and came to represent the ideal of heroism of his age. Stories about him and his closest friends Friar Tuck, Little John, and Maid Marian may be found in the time. They say that Robin Hood and his companions lived in Sherwood Forest, near Nottingham. They were called the 'merry men' and used to wear green clothes, a particular shade of green, called 'Lincoln green'. They also say that Robin's outlaws were very well-organized and skilful in their attacks. They were very disciplined and obeyed strict rules of behaviour. The story goes that one day the Sheriff's men caught Will Scarlet, one of Robin Hood's outlaws, and took him to the Sheriff of Nottingham. 'We've caught one of Robin Hood's men,' said one of them. The Sheriff, who was green with envy because all the people loved Robin Hood, said 'Take him to the gallows in the market square tomorrow! Let people see what happens to Robin Hood's companions!'