I saw this on twitter the other day (@TheWorkshyFop). One of those laugh out loud moments.
Comes from the book Watling Street, which I’ve not read, and this part reflects on the Anglo-Saxon resistance to the Norman conquest. I remember learning about Hereward the Wake in history when I was about 10, and haven’t thought much about him since. What a ledge.
A masterpiece in literary understatement.