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Hereward, commonly called "the Wake," a Saxon hero around whose history much doubtful legend has gathered. According to legend he was the son of Leofric of Bourn, but this seems historically doubtful. But, in any case, it seems certain that he held the "Camp of Refuge" in the Isle of Ely as the last Saxon stronghold against the growing power of William the Norman, and that eventually he had to give in to the Conqueror., Kingsley's novel, Hereward, develops his legendary character.