According to the Gesta Herewardi, Hereward was exiled at the age of eighteen for disobedience to his father and disruptive behaviour. He was declared an outlaw by Edward the Confessor. At the time of the Norman invasion of England, he was still in exile in Europe, working as a successful mercenary for the Count of Flander, Baldwin V. According to the Gesta he took part in tournaments in Cambrai. At some point in his exile Hereward is said to have married Turfida, a Gallo-Germanic woman from a wealthy family in Saint-OmerSaint. She is said in theGesta to have fallen in love with him before she met him, having heard of his heroic exploits.
This gorgeous item is a Victorian jointed fish, possibly for putting perfume on the wading inside. It is one of the many items we will have on show this month in our display cabinets at - Soham Library and The Walter Gidney Pavilion.
- The Tudors - Closed group talk
- Local History Morning Event
- The English Civil War - Brother against Brother
- Invasion - The Romans
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We are so pleased to be forwarding connections with Wicken Windmill. Here is a link to the mill archive site:
Below is a link to a BBC Radio broadcast the Martin sister's did for us in readiness for the Soham WW1 Centenary Commemoration, as committee members. It tells the story of the late Joshua Martin and his time during the war and his life at The Red Lion Pub in Soham.
Joshua Martin interview