Erik Bloodaxe

(d. 954) viking leader and king of Northumbria

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(d. 954),

king of York (947–54). Erik was the last Scandinavian ruler of the short‐lived kingdom of York. Son of Harold Fairhair of Norway, he was a typical battle‐leader. Expelled from his native land, he made himself master of York in 947, and was welcomed for the protection he offered against the West Saxons. He was soon dispossessed by Edred but returned in 952. Significantly his coinage for Jorvik (York) shows an unsheathed sword. In 954 he was killed at Stainmore, possibly making for the Norse kingdom of Dublin or for the Isles.

Subjects: British History.

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