king of Northumbria (796–c. 810). Before his accession Eardwulf was an ealdorman. He became king at a disturbed period in Northumbrian politics and within four years had defeated an attempted coup. He attacked Cenwulf of Mercia in 801 for harbouring his enemies. In 806 or 808 he was forced into exile, but returned with help provided by the Frankish king Charles the Great; not long afterwards he was succeeded by his son Eanred.
Subjects: British History.