Tuesday, 28 February 2012

The Polish Robin Hood

The name of Janosik will never die.

Juraj (George in English) Janosik was born in 1688. At the age of 23 he became the leader of a forest robber group in the Tatra, a mountain range separating Slovakia and Poland. In the early part of the 18th century he became a symbol of resistance against oppression but was eventually captured and executed around 1723.
His legend was adjusted and perpetuated by poets and songsters in the 19th century and then in the 20th century films have been made about his exploits.

Writing

This is a short taster of an aspect of my latest novel, 'A Changed Reality', set in the year 2015. He is such a charismatic character how could I not use him? The caption on the wooden plaque above seems to be correct - his name will never die!



The difference between Juraj and Robin Hood being that this guy really did exist whereas we're not sure about Robin.





God Bless