Could the mean ol' Sheriff of Nottingham have been a Seagraves?
Well, lets see . . . if you've read or at least saw a movie of Robin hood and there are lots of them, you'll know that there is something missing. Namely the name of the Sheriff.
He is only called the Sheriff or Sheriff or Nottingham and nothing else.
Let's delve a little deeper shall we?
The Sheriff of Nottingham is an important figure in the legend of Robin Hood, and the archenemy of Robin and his Merry Men. The holder of the office of Nottingham's Sheriff, it is his task to capture outlaws such as Robin Hood, either to ensure the safety of trade routes through Sherwood Forest, or to keep them from poaching the King's deer. In some stories, the Sheriff of Nottingham is portrayed as having a lecherous desire for Robin Hood's lady, Maid Marian. He is widely considered to be the principal villain of the Robin Hood stories, appearing frequently, alongside such enemies of Robin Hood as Sir Guy of Gisbourne or Prince John (though rarely both).
The story takes place in 1200-1400
That's a awfully big time frame.
So who was Sheriff during that time?
The legends are generally set far from Nottingham, one explanation being that a short-staffed King of England placed the Sheriff of Nottingham in charge of law enforcement for much of northern England. This is the case in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in which the Sheriff's influence has grown so great he attempts to take control of the throne.
In some versions, the Sheriff is more a cowardly schemer while his assistant, Sir Guy of Gisbourne is a more competent and determined physical threat to Robin. In other versions, the Sheriff answers to Prince John who is the main villain.
It has been suggested that the historical sheriff upon which the stories are based was William de Wendenal, Roger de Laci, or William Brewer.
Or are they?
Previously, from 1068 until 1449 the position existed as "High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests."
And this is the time in question. So if I expand my search to include this office . . .
Sorry couldn't copy and paste this. But it says here that Stephen de Segrave was at one time the Sheriff of Nottinghamshire during the time of December 12, 1264 which is in the time frame for the Robinhood story.
- 1223-1223 Stepehen de Segrave here's another link that says Stephen de Segrave was sheriff of Nottinghamshire.
Okay, so maybe I'm reach just a bit. But you have to admit it is very interesting. *wink*
Here's another interesting link.