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Written in 1962 by Henry Treece, Man With A Sword is a young-adult historical novel that tells the story of Hereward the Wake.

Hereward the Wake was an 11th-century leader of local resistance to the Norman conquest of England. Hereward’s base, when leading the rebellion against the Norman rulers. He roamed The Fens, covering North Cambridgeshire, Southern Lincolnshire and West Norfolk, leading popular opposition to William the Conqueror.

Treece was a prolific writer of childrens’ historical fiction, and published over 50 novels and collections of poems over his career. This novel is now out of print, but it’s possible to find copies on various online shops.

Explore the land that Hereward the Wake roamed with a trip to The Fens.

If you want to make a weekend of it, plan a trip with Visit Norfolk.