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Hereward (Mercia) of Mercia (1035 - 1072)

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Hereward "the Wake, the Outlaw, the Exile" of Mercia formerly Mercia
Born in Mercia, Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married before in Flandersmap
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Died in Croyland Abbey, Lincolnshiremap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Apr 2011
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Hereward the Wake

Alias: Herwardus;[1] Heward[2]
c. 1035 – c.1072[3]
bur. Croyland[2]

Disputed / Unknown Parentage

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He's not the son of Godiva and Leofric III.
And he's probably not the son of Leofric of Bourne and Edith.

(disputed)[3] Leofric of Bourne (d.1066/67) and Eadgyth / Aediva / Ediva.[1][2] Issue: 1[4]


m.1 Turfrida.[5] Repudiated.[1] Nun at Croyland Monastery[2] Issue: 1 dau.[2]

  • Uknown dau (b.1064/70) m. Sir Hugo de Evermou, Lord of the vill of Depyng.[6] Issue: 1 (Emma)[2][7]

m.2 Aelfthryth[1][8] (Alftrued)[9]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 De Gestis Herwardi Saxonis (Dubious primary source).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Ingulph's Chronicle of the Abbey of Croyland (Dubious source).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wikipedia
  5. p. unknown. bur. Croyland (Chronicon Angliæ Petriburgense); m. at Flanders. Noble dau. (Ingulph's Chronicle of the Abbey of Croyland)
  6. p. Uknown
  7. Descriptio militum de Abbatia de Burgo
  8. her second husband; widow of Dolfin; p. Uknown
  9. Geoffrey Gaimar

Primary Sources

  • Anglo-Saxon Chronicle written at Peterborough Abbey (the "E manuscript" or Peterborough Chronicle)
  • Domesday Book (DB),
  • Liber Eliensis (Book of Ely)
  • Gesta Herewardi (Gesta).

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