HEREWARD , usually but erroneously styled " the
See also:Wake " (an addition of later days), an Englishman famous for his resistance to
See also:William the Conqueror . It is now established that he was a
See also:tenant of
See also:Peterborough Abbey, from which he held lands at
See also:Hill and Barholme with
See also:Stow in the south-western corner of
See also:Lincolnshire, and of
See also:Crowland Abbey at Rippingale in the neighbouring fenland . His first authentic
See also:act is the
See also:storm and sacking of Peterborough in 1070, in
See also:company with outlaws and Danish invaders . The next
See also:year he took
See also:part in the desperate stand against the Conqueror's
See also:rule made in the isle of Ely, and, on its capture by the
See also:Normans, escaped with his followers through the
See also:fens . That his exploits made an exceptional impression on the popular mind is certain from the mass of legendary
See also:history that clustered
See also:round his name; he became, says Mr
See also:Davis, " in popular eyes the
See also:champion of the
See also:national cause." The Hereward
See also:legend has been fully dealt with by him and by
See also:Professor Freeman, who observed that " with no name has fiction been more busy." See E . A . Freeman, History of the Norman
See also:Conquest, vol. iv.; J . H . Round, Feudal England; H . W . C . Davis, England under the Normans and Angevins .
(J . H .
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