Robin Hood and King John
At times, the Robin Hood legend has merged with the memory of Magna Carta. This theatrical poster depicts Shakespearean actor Frederick Warde as Robin Hood in a Gilded-Age-era play by William Greer Harrison. In Runnymede: A Drama of Magna Charta, King John, vexed by Robin Hood’s thievery, plots to kill the bandit and steal his bride, Maid Marian. When the barons rush onstage and force King John to sign Magna Carta, the unhappy king finds that Chapter 39 prohibits him from murdering Robin Hood.