Eadric the Grasper: Sons of Mercia: 1

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Eadric the Grasper: Sons of Mercia: 1

Eadric the Grasper: Sons of Mercia: 1

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The writing is merely serviceable, and one can’t help but wish the author had found a way to present her material as 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. In a rage, Streona claimed that it was entirely due to his timely desertion of Edmund Ironside that Canute had acquired the throne. Fans of Bernard Cornwell, Georgette Heyer, Ken Follet ("Pillars of the Earth"), and Baroness Orczy ("The Scarlet Pimpernel") will especially enjoy the style of this swashbuckling historical fiction.

Soon enough, the monotonous rhythm of plodding hooves, snapping twigs, and screeching birds erased the echoes of Godwin’s pissing from Eadric’s ears. There is no evidence that Eadric’s father, Ethelric, held any titles or contributed to the court in any significant way. Although loyal to Ethelred, he had a personal enmity towards Ethelred's son Edmund Ironside, who favoured a confrontational policy towards the Danes, while Eadric Streona was a major proponent of the payment of Danegeld (presumably influenced by the opportunities for corruption it offered). In 1015, there was a council held in Oxford, to which Eadric invited the brothers Sigeferth and Morcar, who were two thegns from the Seven Burhs in the East Midlands.

Nothing is known for certain of Eadric’s early life but he does appear on Witness Lists to various Charters from 996, these number between S890 and S935, There is one S887 where “ King Ethelred to Eadric, Eadwig and Ealdred, brothers; grant of 2 hides at Bynsingtun”. Edmund Ironside was soon on the run, and the Danes followed him up the Bristol channel into the Severn, where both sides paused at Olney Island.

The horses had little choice but to skid to a walk or trample some human beings, so they cast clouds of bitter dust into the air and snorted with dismay. If anything, he acted boldly and through astute observation of the swift changes coming to England, he did his best to forge a good life for him and his family. Essentially the man broke every law of hospitality and as such he wasn’t terribly popular even in his own lifetime, let alone with a poll of modern readers. After a final defeat at Otford, Eadric met Edmund at Aylesford and was accepted back into his favour.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. If he must put a Viking king on the throne to gain a pleasurable life for himself and his true love, so be it. Eadric Streona was an Ealdorman of Mercia, he was given the epithet "Streona", which is translated as "The Acquisitive" because he appropriated church land and funds for himself. These thegns occur quite often in groups of two or three, which might be interpreted as evidence that they were members of the same family. He could not remember the last time he had felt so sticky, filth-ridden, and uncomfortable unless he reached back into his early memories of being a swineherd.

One of them was older and more rugged than the other, his wolfish hair and beard shaded gray, his large hand on the hilt of his sword as he yelled, “Make way for Thegn Eadric! 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. 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". The book details his battles, journey’s, and controversial political decisions as he tries to ensure peace for his home of Engla-lond by any means necessary (the author uses the name “Engla-lond” for England throughout the book).Streona means "the grasper," and such was Eadric's character: he clutched for power and money wherever he could. In truth, he only stared at shifting branches and tangled foliage, which scattered the sunlight into thousands of shapes. William of Malmesbury has Ædric as taking a leading part in the massacre of the St Brice’s Day Massacre of the Danes in 1002 which doesn’t necessarily make him the worst person you could think of as an eleventh century historical figure.

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