Bourne Archive: FNQ: Hereward XVII
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De Gestis Herwardi Saxonis.
Quomodo a quodam requisitus ut eum accideret, quem postea iccirco interfecit.
Reversus autem ad suos, audivit quendam Fredericum multum in plurimis locis eum quæsisse, qui frater erat veteris comitis Willelmi de Warrene1, ut ipsum pro facto, quod paulo ante inseruimus, ad regis præsentiam conduceret, pœnis traditurus, aut caput ipsius amputaturus et in trivio universalis viæ illud positurus ad signum, sicut capita eorum, qui hæreditatem ejus acceperant et fratrem suum occiderant, ad ostensionem super portam suæ domus constituerat, et insuper omnes qui adhuc ipsi favebant, vel illi aliquid auxilii conferebant, exules faceret vel membris obnoxios. Quem Herwardus cum suis prævenire statim congressus est, simili modo cum illo facturus, si fortuitu postea illi incumberet. Audierat enim eum in Norfolc una cum militari manu esse, ut scitote aliquid comperto de eo illuc agmine militari vallatus tenderet. A quo nempe quod illi decreverat sibi factum contigit quodam vespertino tempore, dum de nece Herwardi tractaret, ipse eum morte prævenit.
How he was sought out by a certain man who desired to kill him, and how Hereward slew him.
Returning to his own
people he heard that a certain Frederic had been extensively enquiring for him
in many places, (he was the brother of the old Earl William de Warrenne,1) that he might take him in person into the king’s
presence, as we have mentioned above, to hand him over to punishment ; or else
that he might cut of his head, and set it up in he most public thoroughfare for
a sign, as Hereward had exhibited over the gate of his house the heads of those
men who had taken his inheritance and slain his brother ; and further that he
might drive into exile or maim all who still were on Hereward’s side, or
brought him any assistance. But Hereward with his men at once set about
anticipating him, designing to treat him in the same way, if by chance they
could meet with him. For Hereward had heard that he was in
de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey was an adult in
1052, when he was fighting in support of William in
William de Warenne’s wife, Gundrada, was a daughter of a noble Fleming, Gerbod. She had brothers Gerbod
and Frederic. After the Conquest, William was lord of large estates centred on