London: Robin Hood's true identity has long been a mystery. But, now a new book has claimed that the medieval outlaw could very likely have been a yeoman farmer - named Roger Godberd.
Hood, who robbed the rich to give to the poor, was even captured by the Sheriff of Nottingham, according to the book, which cites documents.
Author David Baldwin believes he has unmasked the outlaw after decades researching the story. The retired University of Leicester lecturer found that Godberd led a band of men who robbed travellers, the 'Daily Express' reported.
He was also accused of poaching deer in Sherwood Forest along with his companion Walter Devyas -- believed to be the Little John of popular legend.
Baldwin said: "There are probably several outlaws whose deeds have contributed to the modern day stories of Robin Hood. But I believe there is one man whose career underpins the stories."
The book, 'Robin Hood: The English Outlaw Unmasked', reveals how Godberd was finally pardoned and died at his farm in the 1290s.