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Hereward, The Last of the English

A Novel

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Published: 1865
Language: English
Wordcount: 166,106 / 465 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.4
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,235
mnybks.net#: 4113
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: War, History, Adventure

Tale of adventure in early England, based on the traditional feats of a historical hero--the last to offer resistance to William the Conqueror.

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rman Conquest, little more than the history of the rivalries of the two great houses of Godwin and Leofric.

Leofric had the first success in king-making. He, though bearing a Saxon name, was the champion of the Danish party and of Canute's son, or reputed son, Harold Harefoot; and he succeeded, by the help of the "Thanes north of Thames," and the "lithsmen of London," which city was more than half Danish in those days, in setting his puppet on the throne. But the blood of Canute had exhausted itself. Within seven years Harold Harefoot and Hardicanute, who succeeded him, had died as foully as they lived; and Godwin's turn had come.

He, though married to a Danish princess, and acknowledging his Danish connection by the Norse names which were borne by his three most famous sons, Harold, Sweyn, and Tostig, constituted himself the champion of the men of Wessex and the house of Cerdic. He had murdered, or at least caused to be murdered, horribly, Alfred the Etheling, King Ethelred's son and heir-appar

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****

This is a novel based on historical data, some written by actual observers. It covers a period of high historical drama recounting he life of a remarkable man. Hereward was a true hero of the old English people that came in the time of William the Conqueror. This is a wonderful read that I recommend to those interested in history, adventure and romance.


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