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Keeping order in the streets

Protecting you and I

Sheriffs we keep

Turning a blind eye

To just who they protect

Just who they do serve

Century after century

Across the world

Co Intel pro

Should be a lesson to all

Protecting the establishment

Not the established law

Watching the men and women

As they work the day

Making sure the taxes

Do get paid

Royal officers

In charges of the shire

Watching after castles

The guards that they hired

Conquering the peasants

From shire to the reeve

From sheriff to the judges

Peasants cases they did plead

Serve and protect

They do and always will

Serving and protecting

The ones who pay their bills

Money first taken

From the peasants hand

Robin Hood took some back

In a distant land

sheriff | Etymology, origin and meaning of sheriff by...

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sheriff (n.) late Old English scirgerefa "representative of royal authority in a shire," from scir (see shire) + gerefa "chief, official, reeve" (see reeve).As an American county official, attested from 1660s; sheriff's sale first recorded 1798. Sheriff's tooth (late 14c.) was a common name for the annual tax levied to pay for the sheriff's victuals during court sessions.

SHERIFF derived from the Old English word scir-gerefa, was the royal officer in charge of a shire and responsible for judicial and financial functions that included overseeing the royal estates and custody of royal Castles

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The Sheriff of Nottingham The Sheriff of Nottingham is the main antagonist in the legend of Robin Hood . He is generally depicted as an unjust tyrant who mistreats the local people of Nottinghamshire , subjecting them to unaffordable taxes. Robin Hood fights against him, stealing from the rich, and the Sheriff, in order to give to the poor; it is this characteristic for which Robin Hood is best known. It is not conclusively known exactly whom this character is based on, but it would have been one of (or a composite of multiple of) the people who have occupied the post of the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests . If, as in many versions of the Robin Hood legend, the action of the story is placed during the absence of King Richard I of England during the Third Crusade , the character could be identified with the little-known William de Wendenal ; however, the Sheriff more usually remains either anonymous or pseudonymous. Character [ edit ] The holder of the office of Nottingham 's Sheriff , it is his task to capture outlaws such as Robin Hood, either to ensure the safety of trade routes through Sherwood Forest or to keep them from poaching the King's deer . In some stories, the Sheriff of Nottingham is portrayed as having a lecherous desire for Robin Hood's lady Maid Marian . He is widely considered to be the principal villain of the Robin Hood stories, appearing frequently alongside such enemies of Robin Hood as Sir Guy of Gisbourne or Prince John (though rarely both). The legends are generally set far from Nottingham; this fits the historical position of High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the Royal Forests (from 1068 until 1568). In the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves , the Sheriff's influence outside the region of Nottingham has grown so great, he attempts to take control of the throne. In some versions, the Sheriff is a cowardly schemer while his assistant, Sir Guy of Gisbourne, is a more competent and determined physical threat to Robin. In other versions, the Sheriff answers to Prince John. Portrayals [ edit ] On stage [ edit ] He was portrayed on Broadway in 1891 in The Sheriff of Nottingham by H. C. Barnabee. [1] In film and television [ edit ] In the 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood , starring Errol Flynn in the title role, the Sheriff is portrayed by Melville Cooper . He is nominally characterised as a coward and a secondary to Sir Guy of Gisbourne but is actually quite intelligent. For instance, he is the one who prudently advises Sir Guy to increase their caravan's security to ward off a possible ambush by Robin Hood, which Sir Guy disregards to his sorrow, and he is the mastermind of the archery tournament trap that captures Robin Hood. When King Richard reclaims the throne, the Sheriff of Nottingham is among the followers of Prince John that are exiled from England. In the 1950s ITV series The Adventures of Robin Hood , he is portrayed by Alan Wheatley who portrays him as a competen
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Originally in Anglo-Saxon England the reeve was a senior official with local responsibilities under the Crown , e.g., as the chief magistrate of a town or district. Subsequently, after the Norman conquest , it was an office held by a man of lower rank, appointed as manager of a manor and overseer of the peasants . In this later role, historian H. R. Loyn observes, "he is the earliest English specialist in estate management ." [1] Anglo-Saxon England [ edit ] Before the Conquest, a reeve ( Old English ġerēfa ; similar to the titles greve / gräfe in the Low Saxon languages of Northern Germany ) was an administrative officer who generally ranked lower than the ealdorman or earl . The Old English word ġerēfa was originally a general term, but soon acquired a more technical meaning. Land was divided into a large number of hides —an area containing enough farmable land to support one household. Ten hides constituted a tithings , and the families living upon it (in theory, 10 families) were obliged to undertake an early form of neighbourhood watch , by a collective responsibility system called frankpledge . Tithings were organised into groups of 10, called hundreds due to containing 100 hides; in modern times, these ancient hundreds still mostly retain their historic boundaries, despite each generally now containing vastly more than a mere 100 families. Each hundred was supervised by a constable , and groups of hundreds were combined to form shires , with each shire being under the control of an earl. Each unit had a court, and an officer to implement decisions of that court: the reeve. Thus different types of reeves were attested, including high-reeve , town-reeve, port-reeve, shire-reeve (predecessor to the sheriff [2] ), reeve of the hundred , and the reeve of a manor. The word is often rendered in Latin as prefectus (Modern English prefect), by the historian Bede , and some early Anglo-Saxon charters . West-Saxon charters prefer to reserve the term prefectus for the ealdormen (earls) themselves. After the Conquest [ edit ] After the Norman conquest, feudalism was introduced, forming a parallel administrative system to the local courts. The feudal system organised land on a manorial basis , with stewards acting as managers for the landlords. The Norman term describing the court functionary— bailiff —came to be used for reeves associated with lower level courts, and with the equivalent role in the feudal courts of landlords. Courts fulfilled administrative, as well as judicial, functions, and on the manorial level its decisions could concern mundane field management, not just legal disputes. The manorial bailiff thus could be set tasks such as ensuring certain crops were gathered, as well as those like enforcing debt repayment. Sometimes, bailiffs would have assistants to carry out these tasks, and the term reeve now came to be used for this position—someone essentially assisting the steward, and sometimes a bailiff, by effectively performing day-to-d
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The Domesday Book , our earliest public record, is a unique survey of the value and ownership of lands and resources in late 11th century England. The record was compiled in 1086-1087, a mere twenty years after the Norman Conquest , at the order of William the Conqueror. [5] "Its name 'Domesday', the book of the day of judgment, attests the awe with which the work has always been regarded. The earliest names accorded to it 'the King's book' and 'the great book of Winchester', where it was first kept, in the royal treasury, were displaced as early as the twelfth century by a title which recalled the wonder with which the subjugated English had seen their Norman lords called to deferential account." [ 1 ] Painting of William the Conqueror, 1620 [ 2 ] William commissioned the survey on Christmas Day in 1085. Ironically, it was the only census of England before 1801. William commissioned the book because his power was being threatened from a number of quarters, the rebellious North, Denmark, and Norway, during the last years of his reign. However, the book was more than just a fiscal record. It provided a detailed record of all lands held by the king and his tenants and of the resources that went with those lands. It recorded which manors rightfully belonged to which estates, and was also a feudal statement. It revealed the identities of the landholders , who held their lands directly from the Crown, and of their tenants and under tenants. The inventory, written in Latin, contains a wealth of information that illuminates one of the most crucial times in history - the Conquest and settlement of England by the Normans . The original book itself still survives, preserved for centuries at Winchester, the capital of the ancient Saxon Kingdom of Wessex, and is now held in London at the Public Records office. The name "Domesday" refers to the book of the Day of Judgment and as such refers to the reverence the book has always held. But before the name Domesday, the book was called the King's Book and the Great Book of Winchester. The latter reference was coined because of the aforementioned location at Winchester. The text consists of two volumes: Great Domesday, which is now bound in two parts, and the Little Domesday, which is now bound in three parts. The Great Domesday describes 31 counties while the Little Domesday covers only Essex , Norfolk and Suffolk . The names refer only to the size of the volumes, not their importance. Ironically, the Little Domesday is of greater bulk than the Great Domesday because less abbreviations were used and it contains greater information for many of the entries. It is important to note that the Books are not censuses because they record only the head of households. Like censuses of today, it was out of date before it was completed. Estates changed hands during the survey, and of course livestock, which were dutifully listed in many places, expectedly changed. The text was written in an abbreviated and stylized clerical

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Scir-gerefa Shire Reeve Sheriff

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