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Eadric the Grasper: Sons of Mercia: 1

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Eadric was one of eight or more children, born to a father who worked at the court of King Aethelred Unraed.

Eadric has come down to us as Eadric Streona or acquisitor or grasper and he got that name from the Church. Whether it happened by single combat or not, in the end Edmund Ironside agreed to partition the kingdom between them, with the understanding that one of them would inherit the whole on the other’s death. To her credit, the author doesn’t flinch from describing the depravity of the SS in Auschwitz and the unimaginable suffering of their victims—no gauzy evasions here, as in Boy in the Striped Pajamas. This was sealed when Edmund rebelled against his father and married Aelgifu, the daughter of one of Eadric Streona's victims in his role as Ethelred's hitman, giving him a northern power base.Many of them are 12th century rehashes, and I suspect that it simply becomes easy to blame Edric for everything that goes wrong. 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. His appointment to the office of ealdorman in 1007 was probably an attempt by Ethelred to unite south-central England under one command.

In 1015 Eadric murdered the earldormen brothers Siegferth and Morcar, during a recess at the great assembly at Oxford. One of his first acts was to punish two of the leading thegns from the Danelaw for their possible support of the invaders.

He is generally considered an archtraitor in the struggle between the English and the Danes for sovereignty over England.

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