Æthelric of Bernicia

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

King of Bernicia
IssueÆthelfrith of Northumbria
FatherIda of Bernicia

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