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"But he's born of Northumbria, a deposed ealdorman whose ancestors were indeed kings. He believes himself to be your equal, lord. Perhaps more than equal."
—Eadred voicing his distrust of Uhtred to Guthred[src]

Eadred is a supporting character in both The Saxon Stories novel series, and The Last Kingdom television series. He was an abbot and adviser to King Guthred of Northumbria.

Biography[]

The Saxon Stories[]

(To Be Added)

The Last Kingdom[]

Season 2[]

Abbot Eadred of Cumbraland dreamed of a likeness and it spoke to him. The likeness was of Saint Cuthbert. Speaking directly from heaven. They are in need of a Christian savior — Guthred. Brother Trew rides ahead to Cumbraland to inform the village of their king’s arrival. He finds Abbot Eadred and alerts him of the king. He mistakes Uhtred for the king. Uhtred reveals that Guthred is in fact king. He gets off his horse and reunites with his sister, Gisela. He then thanks Abbot Eadred as it was his dream that called upon Guthred’s release. Abbot Eadred announces that King Guthred will lead both Danes and Saxons against the evil in Northumbria. He then hands Guthred the sword of Cumbraland. ("Episode 2.1")

They enter the church for the royal oath, which shall be sworn upon the corpse of the blessed Saint Cuthbert himself. Saint Cuthbert’s casket is brought in and the Abbot prays over his body. Guthred approaches. He asks Uhtred to join him at his side. Guthred takes Saint Cuthbert’s hand and swears to defend Cumbraland. ("Episode 2.1")

Abbot Eadred asks Brother Trew if Uhtred is a danger to their plan. Although he lacks humility, Uhtred is the reason they are alive. Still, Abbot questions what Uhtred wants with their king. Trew explains that Uhtred wants Bebbanburg, and it's in the king’s gift to help him. However, Abbot Eadred suspects Uhtred is a pretender. ("Episode 2.1")

King Guthred orders a Witan of all the Lords and Earls of Cumbraland. It has become land for both Danes and Saxons. He’s decided that it’s time to march to Eoferwic. Ulf is reluctant as they have no enemies in Eoferwic. He offered his men to protect his land, not abandon it. However, Abbot Eadred is in agreement with the king. Uhtred adds that there is great wealth in Eoferwic, including silver and women. However, Abbot says that Eoferwic is full of sin and he wants to scour it.

Brother Trew informs Abbot Eadred that Uhtred has spent time along with Gisela. He instructs Trew to keep an eye on them to ensure Gisela remains a virgin. ("Episode 2.2")

Uhtred wishes to send four of their men ahead to ensure the road ahead is safe. Abbot believes that Saint Cuthbert will make sure their path is clear. Guthred explains that they are both an army and a church. Unity shall bring reward. After Uhtred leaves, Abbot tells Brother Trew that Uhtred believes himself to be above God. Gisela explains that he’s pagan, and they don’t recognize the Christian God. She reminds Abbot that it was Uhtred who saved her brother. Abbot claims that Uhtred believes himself to be higher than the king. ("Episode 2.2")

Abbot orders Brother Trew to go to Bebbanburg and find Lord Ælfric. He is only their enemy because he is Uhtred’s enemy. Abbot has offered Ælfric a bargain in the letter that he hands Brother Trew to take. ("Episode 2.2")

Uhtred, King Guthred, Gisela, and Abbot Eadred attend the negotiation with Sigefrid and Erik. King Guthred is willing to negotiate with them, but he will kill them if necessary. In exchange for peace, he will offer them a fortress at Dunholm, which currently belongs to Kjartan. They will take it from Kjartan. One way to defeat him is to deny him food and freedom. They would need to surround him with men, with defenses, and deny him what he needs to live. Their men would need to be fed and remain sober, for months. It would take too much time and too many men, some hundreds of men, Uhtred retorts. However, King Guthred agrees with Sigefrid and Erik. ("Episode 2.2")

Abbot Eadred warns King Guthred about Uhtred and how he is a danger to his crown. He claims that Uhtred only acts for his own benefit. He also worries that Bebbanburg won’t be enough for Uhtred, as he is a warrior at heart. However, it is quite enough for his uncle. If not for Uhtred, Ælefric would be an ally. As for Dunholm, it is indeed a threat but it will require many further men. Men who won’t be tempted to join Sigefrid or Uhtred. Abbot suggests that Guthred summon Christian men. ("Episode 2.2")

Abbot Eadred orders his men to take Uhtred and Halig. Hild draws her sword, but Uhtred orders her to put down her sword and find Gisela. However, Gisela is being taken by Brother Trew. She tells Hild that she must help Uhtred. Guthred has double-crossed Uhtred. He and Halig are to be sold in exchange for 200 men from Bebbanburg. They’ve struck a deal with Ælfric. ("Episode 2.2")

Ælfric and Aidan arrive in Eoferwic with 200 men. King Guthred says they can lay a siege to Dunholm as early as tomorrow. The unified armies of Guthred, Ælfric, the two brothers can march on Dunholm. They'll show Kjartan their numbers and starve him of water, food, and life itself. Ælfric wants to know how Uhtred died. He asks if he begged. Gisela retorts that Uhtred would never do something so pride-less. Sigefrid and Erik reveal that Uhtred is still alive, which angers Ælfric, as the agreed upon price for 200 men was Uhtred’s head. Abbot Eadred and Brother Trew assure Ælfric that he will never hear from Uhtred again. However, Gisela warns Ælfric that her brother is part fool and that he shouldn’t do business with him. Ælfric takes Gisela’s advice and plans to leave. With Ælfric gone, Sigefrid and Erik refuse to siege Dunholm. They are in need of an ally, so Abbot Eadred tells Guthred to offer up his sister. ("Episode 2.3")

Guthred and Abbot Eadred welcome in new comers from nearby villages, who were attacked by Sigefrid and Erik. They will surely be next. King Guthred seeks counsel. Abbot Eadred advises him to secure enough grain to feed everyone. They’ll also need Lord Ælfric of Bebbanburg. ("Episode 2.3")

Bebbanburg, Northumbria; King Guthred, Abbot Eadred, and Brother Trew plead with Lord Ælfric to reconsider joining them. They offer him Gisela as a bride. Abbot Eadred adds that Gisela was also fond of Uhtred. Abbot Eadred suspects that Uhtred is the reason she’s hiding. In that case, Ælfric agrees to join them, but only after Gisela is delivered to him. Until then, Aidan will return with them to Eoferwic. Finally, they will deliver a message to Kjartan that Uhtred will be found and killed. ("Episode 2.3")

Abbot Eadred and Brother Trew seize Gisela at a nunnery. They will have her married immediately. He orders Aidan to stand in for Ælfric, at Gisela’s side. When Gisela refuses to marry against her will, Abbot Eadred strikes her. Aidan forcefully takes Gisela’s hand and Abbot Eadred marries the two. Uhtred, Finan, Hild, and Ragnar arrive. Abbot claims that it’s too late, however, Uhtred and Ragnar are willing to kill everyone in their way. And so, Abbot Eadred lets Gisela go. Although, he repeatedly states that Gisela is now married. Uhtred orders him to stop, but when he continues, Uhtred stabs him, much to Hild’s displeasure. He sends Aidan back to Bebbanburg to tell his uncle that his wife is with him. ("Episode 2.3")

Battle Participation[]

This list shows the battles Eadred has participated in:

  • Siege of Eoferwic (878)

Appearances[]

The Saxon Stories[]

Books 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
The Saxon Stories                        

The Last Kingdom[]

Episodes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Season 1                
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5

Trivia[]

  • This character has been based on a real historical figure of Eadred. He was also known as Eadred of Carlisle or Eadred Lulisc. The abbot was in the central in the election of Guthred (Guthred) as king of Northumbria by the Viking army based in Yorkshire, and that subsequently Eadred purchased land from him, using it to endow the bishopric of St Cuthbert.
  • The name Eadred comes from Old English. The name is made up of the words ead, which means "wealth, prosperity", and red, which means "counsel, wisdom".
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