Ælfric of Hampshire

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Ælfric of Hampshire (Old English: Ælfrīc) (died 1016) was a late 10th century Anglo-Saxon ealdorman of Hampshire.[1][2] He is most famous for having informed an invading Viking army in 992 that they were to be entrapped at sea.[3][4]

Ælfric became ealdorman of Hampshire and Wiltshire in 982; he was second in rank to Æthelweard between 993 and 998 and then premier ealdorman after Æthelweard's death until about 1009.[2]


  1. ^ "A.D. 1016". Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Project Gutenberg. 1823/1847. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 
  2. ^ a b Williams, Ann. "Ælfric (d. 1016)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2009-03-08.  (Subscription required). The first edition of this text is available as an article on Wikisource:  "Ælfric (fl.950?-1016?)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  3. ^ Hooper, Nicholas; Bennett, Matthew (1996). Cambridge illustrated atlas of warfare: the Middle Ages, 768-1487. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-521-44049-3. 
  4. ^ "A.D. 992". Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Project Gutenberg. 1823/1847. Retrieved 2009-03-09.