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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Historical Examples of hereward

  • Fortune declared against him, and he retreated, like some Hereward, to the fens.

  • George squirts on him, and Hereward lies on his back and kicks his legs in the air.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • Hereward's natural beauty and agility will take him through.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • 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.