About the book:
A swashbuckling adventure novel describing the exploits of Hereward, based on an historical 11th century Anglo-Saxon warrior who led the resistance against the Norman invasion of Britain. In the novel, Hereward explores Viking lands Constantinople and more, and finally returns to England to fight against the French. The novel was made into a now-lost BBC tv series in 1965.
About Charles Kingsley (from Wikipedia):
Charles Kingsley (12 June 1819 – 23 January 1875) was a broad church priest of the Church of England, a university professor, social reformer, historian, novelist and poet. He is particularly associated with Christian socialism, the working men’s college, and forming labour cooperatives that failed, but led to the working reforms of the progressive era. He was a friend and correspondent of Charles Darwin.
ingsley’s interest in history is shown in several of his writings, including The Heroes (1856), a children’s book about Greek mythology, and several historical novels, of which the best known are Hypatia (1853), Hereward the Wake (1865) and Westward Ho! (1855).