Robin Hood research

May 10, 2019

I have been living partly in 13th century England for the last few months so now you are too.

Here’s a person I discovered in my research that probably won’t make it into my Robin Hood stories but is still someone I’m very glad to have learned about:  Nicola de la Haye.

She was the Sheriff of Lincolnshire and twice commanded the forces that defended Lincoln Castle against sieges, the second time while in her 60’s.  She even tried to retire at one point and King John basically said, “No, you can’t, you’re too awesome.”

So when you want to put kick-ass middle aged women in your medieval fiction and some yahoo tries to tell you that isn’t realistic, point to Nicola de la Haye.


One Response to “Robin Hood research”

  1. Nicole Says:

    She was in Marsha Canham’s Robin Hood trilogy…never realized she was an actual historical figure.

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