'It is as if we were viewing the whole sequence of events from an immense distance; we can see the action but we cannot identify the actors, and because they are out of earshot we can judge them only by what they do'
Maurice Keen, The Outlaws of Medieval Legend (1961)
'Oliver. Where will the old duke live?
Charles. They say he is already in the forest of Arden, and a many merry men with him; and there they live like the old Robin Hood of England: they say many young gentlemen flock to him every day, and fleet the time carelessly, as they did in the golden world.'
William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act I, Scene I.