Æthelric of Bernicia

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This article is about the fourth king of Bernicia. For other uses, see Aethelric (disambiguation).
King of Bernicia
Reign 568-572
Predecessor Adda
Successor Theodric
Issue Æthelfrith of Northumbria
Father Ida of Bernicia

Aethelric was the fourth known king of the Kingdom of Bernicia which he ruled from 568 to 572.

Aethelric was one of the sons of Ida of Bernicia, founder of the kingdom. During his reign the Bernicians met the Britons in three important battles, the first on the offensive, the others on the defensive.[1]

He was the father of Æthelfrith, who was the first monarch to rule both Bernicia and Deira, the two constituent parts of what came to be considered Northumbria.


  1. ^ Leonard Dutton, The Anglo-Saxon kingdoms: the power struggles from Hengist to Ecgberht (1993), p. 108

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Preceded by
Kings of Bernicia
Succeeded by