Keys to the Past

Glossary

Eric Bloodaxe

(Reigned 947-949AD and 952-954AD)
Son of Harold Fairhair, Eric Bloodaxe made himself King of Viking York in 947AD. He was welcomed as he provided protection he gave against others. Though deposed in 949AD, he returned in 952AD and was killed at Stainmore in 954AD. After his death the Yorkshire Kingdom was absorbed into the developing England. He was reputedly buried under the Rey Cross, County Durham, but upon excavation this was found to be false.

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