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I was reading a historical novel by Bernard Cornwell (The Pagan Lord), when I came to this:

Eohric, who had been King of East Anglia before we killed him, had a lion on his banner and his animal had only four legs and one horn, but I doubted Eohric had ever seen a lion so I suppose Mehrasa was right.

Eohric of East Anglia was a real person, so I was curious to know if this is true, that is, if he really used a lion on his banner, if the lion on the banner had a horn and what's the history behind lions with horns.

It would be nice to see Eohric's banner, too bad that Cornwell doesn't put illustrations on his books for this kind of things.

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Yorick is a one-liner of history. The only thing it says in the chronicle is that he was the successor of Guthrum and that he was killed with Ethelwald. – Tyler Durden Jul 23 '14 at 6:45
Check the references in the Wikipedia article. Then try the authors. When you find the answer, answer here or update Wikipedia. – andy256 Jul 23 '14 at 6:56
@TylerDurden I didn't know that. Was Eohric the gensis of Shakesperean Yorick? – CGCampbell Jul 23 '14 at 12:51
@CGCampbell Yorick was a common name in ancient Denmark. – Tyler Durden Jul 23 '14 at 14:31
Also, to correct the "historical novel", Yorick was not the king of East Anglia, he was the king of the Danes in Britain, or king of the Danelaw as it is sometimes said. You can get an idea of who he was by reading the article on Guthrum (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guthrum). – Tyler Durden Jul 23 '14 at 14:36

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