954 - Eric Bloodaxe killed in ambush at Stainmore

Eric Bloodaxe was expelled from York and he was killed in an ambush . He was the son of Harald Fairhair and the Danish royal daughter Ragnhild and he succeeded his father on the Norwegian throne, but because of his cruel and atrocious rule he was driven out of Norway and his younger brother Haakon chosen as king of Norway.

After the murder on Eric Bloodaxe, Northumbria was again brought back to Edred the Anglo-Saxon king and England was united.

The widow of Eric Bloodaxe, Gunhild sailed to Denmark with her sons. They received a warm welcome from her brother the king of Denmark, Harald Bluetooth who even made one of Gundhilds sons, Harald Greycloak his adopted son.

Arnkel and Erlend were the earls of Orkney.
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