Æthelric (bishop of Durham)

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Bishop of Durham
Appointed before 11 January 1041
Term ended 1056
Predecessor Eadred
Successor Æthelwine
Consecration 11 January 1041
Personal details
Died 15 October 1072
Denomination Catholic

Æthelric (or Ethelric; died 1072) was Bishop of Durham from 1041 to 1056 when he resigned.[1]

Æthelric was a monk at Peterborough Abbey before Bishop Eadmund of Durham brought him to Durham to instruct the Durham monks in monastic life.[2] Æthelric was consecrated as bishop on 11 January 1041[1] at York. Æthelric may have owed his advancement to Siward, Earl of Northumbria, who later restored Æthelric to Durham after Æthelric was forced to flee during a quarrel with the Durham monks.[2] Two reasons are given for why Æthelric resigned his see.[3] One story has it happening after a scandal in which he appropriated treasure hoard that was discovered at Chester-le-Street in the process of replacing the old church with a new one.[4] Æthelric allegedly sent the money to his former monastery of Peterborough to finance some building work there.[5] Another reason given was that Æthelric was unable to protect the diocese against locals encroaching on its rights. Æthelric also resigned within a year of the death of Earl Siward, who had been one of the bishop's main supporters.[3] His brother, Æthelwine, who had helped Æthelric to appropriate the treasure, succeeded Æthelric as bishop.[4]

Æthelric retired to Peterborough Abbey, where he remained until the Norman Conquest.[6] He died on 15 October 1072.[1] He was arrested by the King William I of England after May 1070, and died in captivity at Westminster.[6][7][8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 216
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fletcher Bloodfeud p. 137
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kapelle Norman Conquest of the North pp. 89–90
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fletcher Bloodfeud p. 156
  5. Mason House of Godwine pp. 124–125
  6. 6.0 6.1 Williams English and the Norman Conquest p. 45
  7. Fletcher Bloodfeud p. 185
  8. Stafford Unification and Conquest p. 104


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