The earl's memory remained green for a long time, and in the Vision of Piers Plowman his name is linked with that of Robin Hood.
In English, Piers Plowman (1362) contains the phrase " experimentis of alconomye," with variants alkenemye " and " a] knamye."
The oldest mention of Robin Hood at present known occurs in the second edition - what is called the B text - of Piers the Plowman, the date of which is about 1377.
But there are references which suggest its previous award in Piers Plowman and Chaucer.
A broadside entitled Davy Dycars Dreame, a short and seemingly alliterative poem in the manner of Piers Plowman, brought him into trouble with the privy council, but he was dismissed with a reprimand.
An interesting passage in Piers Plowman furnishes us with a proof of the extent to which these songs penetrated into England.
Trans., Piers Plowman, by M.
The New English Dictionary quotes Piers Plowman as containing the earliest personification of the name.
The woodman sang of the wild forest; the plowman sang of the fields; the shepherd sang of his sheep; and those who listened forgot about the storm and the cold weather.
These " pilgrim signs " are frequently alluded to in literature - notably in the Canterbury Tales and in Piers Plowman.