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By: Rache (Taken from "Blessed Be II" -- published in
"Apocryphal Albion 2")
Now Mar-ga-ret confesses
What went on between David and she
While Edmund was crusading
If Marg'ret's got her dates straight
In first series Guy is only three
No wonder he throws tantrums
Blessed Be, Blessed Be, Blessed Be, Blessed Be
He's just acting his a-ge
~ As impressive as Sir Guy's knightly wardrobe is, parts
of it are actually over a century out of date. His
hauberk and nasal helmet date back to the Battle of
Hastings. By the 1180s at least, his helmet would
have been less conical and more round, with a larger
He also wears stockings, when his legs and feet
should have been protected by chainmail by the
1180s as well. Sir Guy's chainmail gloves
weren't developed until around 1225. In
reality, he should probably be sporting a pair
of chainmail mittens.
~ In "The Witch of Elsdon," the Sheriff
sarcastically hails Gisburne as the "Flower
of Chivalry" when the knight marches into
the great hall resplendent in his armour.
However, it was Edward III who probably first
earned this epithet, a king who didn't reign
until more than a century after this story took
~ The most painfully obvious glitch is one
which most ROS fans know about already,
chronology. In the third season episode,
"The Cross of St. Ciricus," Lady Margaret
of Gisburne sets the whole RoS timeline
askew -- in terms of her son anyway.
She makes her confession to Tuck, divulging
the following details. When her husband,
Edmond of Gisburne, went off on the Crusades
(1190), she was still childless. She learned
of Edmond's death that December (I'm assuming
it was that December!) and acted
In April of 1191, she married David of
Huntington secretly and Guy was conceived.
If they were married in April, the earliest
time Guy could have been born was December
1191, or perhaps even January 1192. Why is
this important? Why should we care?
The very first episode of Robin of Sherwood,
"Robin Hood and the Sorcerer," begins in
1195. With the date of conception Lady
Margaret gave, Gisburne would have only been
three when the first series began!
~ This mix up in chronology leads to all kinds
of interesting anomolies. In "The Children
of Israel," the following exchange takes
place between the Sheriff and Gisburne:
SHERIFF: You're too young to remember King
Richard's coronation, aren't you?
GISBURNE: No, my lord. I was there with my
Gisburne's response should really have been:
"Yes, my lord. I wasn't even conceived until
after the coronation."
The fact that Gisburne even meets King Richard
as an adult ("The King's Fool") is even more
bizarre. King Richard died in 1199 when Guy
would have been no older than seven or eight.
With this fact in mind, how does one explain
Gisburne's presence in the hall when Prince
John receives news of Richard's death in "The
Prophecy?" Did a mature-looking eight-year-old
lead the cheer of "God save King John!"?
I could probably go on, but then I risk making some
glitches myself (assuming I haven't already!). In
case you're wondering where I got my information on
Gisburne's armour and Edward III's nickname, check
out Andrea Hopkins' Knights: The Complete Story
of the Age of Chivalry from Historical Fact to Tales
of Romance and Poetry. The back flap of the
book only describes Ms. Hopkins as a "leading scholar
of the Middle Ages." I can't vouch for her veracity
or credentials. I'm obviously NOT a historical
scholar myself...Can you tell?