|Picture: Magna Carta|
There is no King Louis in the list of English and British Monarchs.
|Picture: Defeat of the French at the Battle of Sandwich 1217|
These litmits on forest law were further extended in 1217 when a seperate Charter of the Forest was proclaimed.
|Picture: Part of the Charter of the Forest|
The removal of execution, torture and maiming had a great effect on the implementation of forest law.
Over time it became more about extracting fines and levies- than removing limbs and other parts- more of a financial cash cow- valued for its contribution to the royal coffers.
Perhaps the most important impact for Sherwood Forest was the restriction it placed on the bounds of the forest.
Under Henry II and his sons Richard and John all of Nottinghamshire north and west of the Trent were forest.
The Forest Charter plunged the officials and local landowners into nearly a century of disputes over the boundaries of Sherwood Forest, that would eventually see it confined within boundaries that would then remain throughout the Medieval period (see Boundaries page).
These boundaries may well have been those of the original forest, a question still being investigated by Archaeologists and Historians to this day.