Charles Kingsley, Hereward the Wake

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Charles Kingsley’s last historical novel Hereward, the Wake: The Last of the English originally appeared in serial form in the monthly magazine Good Words from January to December 1865. In 1866, it was published in two volumes by Macmillan. The novel focuses on the historical figure Hereward, who belonged to the Anglo-Danish community and who, as a leader of local resistance, began to fight the Norman invaders after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

The reaction to the novel in the press was mixed. While some reviewers praised Hereward as Kingsley’s best work (cf. The Athenaeum, 14 April 1866, p. 493) and as one of the best historical novels of the times (cf. The British Quarterly Review, 1866, vol. 44, issue 87, pp. 256-258), others attacked Kingsley for his portrayal of excessive

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Citation: Wiedemann, Julia. "Hereward the Wake". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 July 2022 [, accessed 03 December 2023.]

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