d.25 Dec 1017 London, England
Facts and Events
Eadric Streona (fl. 1002 – 25 December 1017) was the Ealdorman of Mercia from 1007 to 1017. During his tenure as earl he became a foremost adviser to his father-in-law king Ethelred the Unready and seems to have at times acted as a go-between for Æthelred and the Vikings this was the case in 1012 when he oversaw the payment of £48,000 and attempted to negotiate the release of the Archbishop of Cantebury Ælfheah which was unsuccessful. Eadric was renowned for the killing of many prominent noblemen which seems to have been approved and supported by Æthelred and though being married to his daughter Eadric betrayed him and with forty ships from the royal fleet switched sides joining Cnut in a campaign of plundering, and in the summer of 1016 a series of major battles were fought with the decisive being fought at a place called Assandun which is believed to be present day Ashingdon, in south-east, or Ashdon, in north-west Essex, it ended in victory for the Danes after Eadric left the field of battle for uncertain reasons though it is believed he did so as it would benefit the Danes, Eadric had before the battle switched sides back to the English. Peace was brought but Eadric only survived for one year longer as he was executed at Christmas 1017.