Father – Aelfric
Mother – Unknown
Spouse – Unknown
Children – Unknown
Earl Edwin of Mercia and Earl Morcar of Northumbria called out their reserves and marched to stop the invasion of Harald Hardrada and Tostig Godwinson. The forces met at Fulford but the English earls were no match for Hardrada and were defeated.
After marching rapidly north, Harold Godwinson’s English force surprised Harald Hardrada’s Norwegian force at Stamford Bridge. After a battle that lasted much of the day, the Anglo-Saxons were victorious.
The forces of Harold Godwinson and William of Normandy met on Senlac Hill north of Hastings. The English used a defensive shield wall while the Normans used archers, infantry and cavalry. Towards the end of the day Harold was struck by an arrow and while reeling was cut down by swordsmen. There is no evidence that Eadric fought in the battle.
Eadric’s lands in Hereford had been confiscated and he had retired to Shropshire but he refused to hand over his land in Shropshire. Norman forces stationed at Hereford continually harassed Eadric but he held out against the Normans. He became known as Eadric the Wild.
Eadric joined forces with Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, Prince of Gwynedd and Riwallon ap Cynfyn, Prince of Powys. Together they made raids into Hereford but were unable to capture the castle.
On hearing that York had been taken, William marched north. He paid off the Danes and defeated the Saxon rebels. Having re-established York as a Norman stronghold he set about defeating all other Northern pockets of resistance to his rule.
Eadric’s allies decided not to return to Wales but engaged William in battle. William defeated them then devastated Eadric’s land.
Published Aug 31, 2019 @ 10:40 am – Updated –
Harvard Reference for this page:
Heather Y Wheeler. (2019). Eadric the Wild. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/eadric-the-wild