Thanks for so much effort in actually researching this really obscure bishop. I was just curious, if from an Orthodox standpoint, he was the last "Western orthodox" bishop "holdout" of Anglo-Saxon England, as Orthodox Wiki claims, and if he actually anathematized the Pope.
I've been thinking on how to go on and going though some of my books. One thing that is important is that Æthelric was a fairly common name so it is possible that whoever it was who put that one line on Ortho-wiki did not have the right person of that name.
As a side note (and please let me know if you find these not helpful) "Æthel" means "noble" in Anglo-Saxon/Old English and was the first part of many names including Æthelred, Æthelstan, Æthelbert, Æthelwulf (male names) and Æthelflaed, Æthelgifu, Æthelhild, Æthelswith (female names)
I have found references to several Bishops of various sees who were named Æthelric, including one who was in office both before and after the Conquest. So this is not an simple question.
Also, since Cognomen said that he was interested, I was wondering if it would be helpful to have a bit of an overview of the situation, people and setting in History. If so, may I ask how much you know about the Anglo-Saxons and England and Northwestern Europe in the 10th-11th centuries? For example (since an important part of this is who ruled in England and other areas) do you know about who the kings were before Harald Godwinson and the political situation?
King Edward III, now known as St. Edward the Confessor, was the king before Harald but he was not only of Anglo-Saxon lineage. His mother was Emma of Normandy, the daughter of Duke Richard I "the Fearless" and his father was Æthelred II "the Unready".
Note 2: This did not mean the same as it would to us i.e. not prepared. "unready" would be "unræd" which means things like "ill-advised" or "evil counsel" Here is a link to a page of Bosworth Toller's Anglo Saxon Dictionary. http://lexicon.ff.cuni.cz/png/oe_bosworthtoller/b1124.png
"unræd" is in the left column about halfway down.
Just to complicate things Æthelred was king twice due to the invasion by Sweyn I "Forkbeard" the King of Denmark (the Danes were Christian by the way) and his son Cnut/Canute. After Æthelred died Emma married Cnut and had a son. Also, Emma was William the Conqueror's great-aunt.
Oh and this line of kings did not rule what is "England" today. In the 11th Century there was the southern and some of the middle part of the island where they ruled and the "Danelaw" which covered a large area including East Anglia and parts north. There were also separate kingdoms/areas of Scots to the north and Welsh to the west. Here is the Wiki link on the Danelaw some maps of how areas changed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danelaw
Please let me know of any of this is interesting or helpful in understanding the situation. (or if it is causing people to crash over sideways due to extreme history-geekery
) A couple of the books that I am using are: Harold the Last Anglo-Saxon King
by Ian W. Walker andBloodfeud Murder and Revenge in Anglo-Saxon England
by Richard Fletcher
The second one, in particular, has several references to the Æthelric who was the bishop of Durham from 1042-1056.