(fl. c. 1060—1081) rebel

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(11th cent.),

known as ‘the Wake’ (‘the watchful one’), was the leading figure in the fenland revolt against William the Conqueror. In 1070, the appearance of a Danish fleet in the waters of Ely raised hopes of resistance among Englishmen of that district, many of whom had Danish blood. Hereward, leading a band of outlaws and Danish allies, sacked and plundered the monastery at Peterborough. In 1071 William attacked with ships, constructing a causeway for his main force. Hereward escaped by water, after which nothing certain is known of him.

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