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However, he betrayed his father-in-law in 1015, joining the Dane Cnut, the son of Sweyn Forkbeard, against England. King Edward, walking in the middle, was in fact the smallest of the men, and yet he was the center of their attention and devotion.

Eadgyth was likely Eadric's second wife, for according to Henry of Huntingdon, the son of Eadric Streona was responsible for murdering King Edmund "Ironsides". Eadric has come down to us as Eadric Streona or acquisitor or grasper and he got that name from the Church. I would have voted for William the Conqueror for his torture of people who criticized him, his slaughter and starving 100,000 English in the north of England and for his breach of many promises. On 18 October 1016, the Danes were engaged by Edmund's army as they retired towards their ships, leading to the Battle of Assandun – fought more probably at Ashingdon, in south-east, or Ashdon, in north-west Essex. In 1009 acting on Eadric’s advice King Ethelred cancels an attack on the Danish fleet when his fleet is partly destroyed by a renegade South Saxon pirate named Wulfnoth.By the end of the year Aethelred, his wife Emma, their children, and Eadric had all fled to Emma’s home in Normandy. She brings to life the violence and skullduggery of the age in exciting scenes of action and intrigue, while vividly rendering the mindsets and motives of this distant era.

Eadric appears to have acted as a go-between for Ethelred and the Danes, attempting to rescue Saint Alphege (Alfheah) in 1012 by collecting a ransom. His brother was Brihtric, uncle of Wulfnoth Cild, who was the son of Aethelmaer se Greata (usually translated as "the Great", but more correctly "the Fat". Around the New Year, Eadric accompanied Cnut into Warwickshire, where they plundered, burned and slew all they met. This fellow was the refuse of mankind, the reproach of the English; an abandoned glutton, a cunning miscreant; who had become opulent, not by nobility, but by specious language and impudence.

It is believed that Eadric had the intention of betraying Edmund, but when their forces came together he could not. He would not feel good again until he was back in his own stronghold with fresh food at his fingertips, a gleeman to serenade him, and a lovely wife to lead him to bed. I have bumped into other opinions that Edmund just couldn’t afford to be too picky about his allies, since Eadric had so many resources at his disposal. And summoning Erik, his commander, he said ‘Pay this man what we owe him, that is to say, kill him lest he play us false. In a BBC list of the worst Britons in the last 1,000 years Eadric Streona was the choice for the 11th Century.

Earl Uhtred (think Bamborough Castle) found himself in a situation where he had to submit to the Danes. was a Mercian who rose in Anglo-Saxon society to marry a daughter of Ætheldred the Unready and as though that weren’t enough managed to get himself voted as one of the BBC History Magazone’s ‘Worst Britains.he was a man, indeed, of low origin, but his smooth tongue gained him wealth and high rank, and, gifted with a subtle genius and persuasive eloquence, he surpassed all his contemporaries in malice and perfidy, as well as in pride and cruelty. Hi Mercedes – thank you for this piece: Edmund is something of a forgotten man, but could have been so important in the shaping of English history. The sixteen-year-old king had grown to fit his beautifully embroidered boots, and the crown seemed to glitter more brightly on his auburn-haired head than it ever had on their father’s. Many of them are 12th century rehashes, and I suspect that it simply becomes easy to blame Edric for everything that goes wrong.

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