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But Eadric had no desire to contemplate Godwin’s inner reasoning; he merely wanted to keep riding until he escaped this God-forsaken forest. Edmund was doing a grand job until our man Ædric met him in Aylesford and persuaded him that a) his turning of coat had been an act of great service on his part because he was secretly working for the Anglo-saxons all the time and b) not to attack the Danes at their base on the Isle of Sheppey.

Soon enough, the monotonous rhythm of plodding hooves, snapping twigs, and screeching birds erased the echoes of Godwin’s pissing from Eadric’s ears.The chronicler also left a blank space between Ælfric and Goda, as if allowing for the name of another brother. After getting reinforcements Edmund drives off Cnut’s second attack on London and then defeats Cnut in Kent, Cnut then crosses the river Thames and moves into Essex. Early in 1013 Sweyn Forkbeard attacked England and this time no amount of gold would be enough: Forkbeard wanted the crown. Wulfnoth's father was Aethelmaer se Greata (usually translated as "the Great", but more correctly "the Fat") and he was the son of Aethelweard the Historian, a descendant of Ethelred I. The above narrative is taken from mainly from the Chronicle Manuscript C, there being at least seven versions of the Chronicle available.

She graduated from the University of Southern California's Writing for Screen and Television program. She knew that she was supposed to worship God with a pure and loving heart, but she also doubted that God would notice one way or another. Let us be brothers by adoption,” the Dane continued, “and divide the kingdom, governing so that I may rule your affairs, and you mine. In the case of Eadric the Chronicler shows foreknowledge of events by writing in the entry for 1009 “ But the plan was then frustrated through Earl Eadric, as it ever is still”. died on 23 April in London; his son Edmund was elected king of what was left of his father's kingdom.Eadric is then slain in London along with the sons of Leofwin, Ethelmar the Great and Elfege of Devonshire. Even before becoming an ealdorman, Eadric seems to have acted as Æthelred's enforcer; in 1006 he instigated the killing of the Ealdorman of York, Elfhelm. Godwin chuckled as he walked back to the main path, his boots crashing carelessly through the underbrush. The boots around the corner shuffled against the stone, steel trinkets clinked, a cloak whooshed … and then all sounds faded as the source retreated.

Edmund soon went on to rescue London, driving Eadric and Cnut away and defeating them after crossing the Thames at Brentford; but he suffered heavy losses. He is generally considered an archtraitor in the struggle between the English and the Danes for sovereignty over England.Yes, I suspect that Eadric, though clearly a bit of a stinker, became the main point of blame along the traditional lines of 'don't blame the king blame his evil councillors.

By the time Eadric appears in the Chronicle the main Viking threat came from Sweyn Forkbeard King of Denmark and Norway. If you had been paying attention,” hissed Eadric through gritted teeth, “you would have heard me explain that I chose this route of great necessity! Aelfhelm was father to Aelfgifu of Northampton, who would later go on to marry Aethelred’s enemy Canute).As long as Dunstan lived, things were a little better; but when he was gone, all the badness and weakness of Ethelred’s character came out.

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