1000-1100: Eadric Streona (died 1017), King Aethelred II
's chief counsellor, betrayed his country by switching sides when the Danish king Cnut invaded England in 1015.
In 982 AD in the reign of King Aethelred II
, German ships coming up the Thames to trade at London Bridge had to pay a special Christmas and Easter tax in black peppercorns.
The king in question was AEthelred II
, misnamed `the Unready' (r.
Lawson, "Archbishop Wulfstan and the Homiletic Element in the Laws of AEthelred II
and Cnut," English Historical Review 424 (1992): 572.
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