- called Hereward the Wake. 11th-century Anglo-Saxon rebel, who defended the Isle of Ely against William the Conqueror (1070–71): a subject of many legends
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Fortune declared against him, and he retreated, like some Hereward, to the fens."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
George squirts on him, and Hereward lies on his back and kicks his legs in the air.
Hereward's natural beauty and agility will take him through.
Hereward must have been a famous man when he took his stand in the fens of Ely.
The historian, however, need not on this account fear for Hereward.