Nostalgia kinda’ does that, doesn’t it. :)
I remember when nostalgia was precise and objective… ah, good ol’days!
I remember being nostalgic, I miss that.
Fun fact: when did pirates become a “cool” and exciting fun make-believe playtime topic (and novel and play character)? About the time when enough of them died off (through law enforcement or inter-pirate battles) that sea travel became pretty safe from them. The “good ol’ days” are often that way because they viewed with rose-colored glasses. I can’t help wondering if Robin Hood was just a common robber.
On the other hand, John Dillinger had a lot of public support (I’m not really sure how much, just “a lot”) because the banks were viewed as robbers and Dillinger didn’t kill when he robbed (or escaped from prison). Plus he did give generously to widows and orphans (caveat: there were some well-publicized instances, which may have been nothing more than publicity, like Rockefeller’s dimes). But the banks were hated: they took people’s life savings when they closed, and they took their homes and their farms when they foreclosed. (He committed one robbery with Baby Face Nelson, who was a sadistic killer, and lost some public support because of that. But [I believe, I'd have to look it up] he apologized for teaming up with Nelson and promised never to do it again.) Anyway, there might have been at least a sort of modern day Robin Hood.
The historical Robin Hood apparently only pulled one or two heists to get back what was rightfully his (The King, it turns out, was breaking the law). Some of the common people’s stuff (read: lower-ranking nobility) got mixed up in the rush. They were all-too-happy to get it back and, of course, had to tell everyone they knew, but couldn’t use the guy’s real name or he’d get killed. The common people (again, even lower-ranking nobility) liked the idea and wrote it into songs and books and fairy tales
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