In this battle, Edward fought valiantly for Penwulf, thus fulfilling the oaths he had sworn to Penwulf, even to the point of killing his own father, Aethelred Aethelwulfson, a bencriht thegn of Cynric's. However, he was in turned struck down by Hlodowic Karlssen. Thanks to Edward's well-made helm, Hlodowic's strike merely knocked him unconscious.
Despite the fact that Edward had fought against him, Cynric recognized that Edward was attempting to fulfill his oath to Penwulf, so he took Edward into his hall. Bedarth Liffrea nursed Edward back to health, and began teaching him.
It was at this time, that Edward met and befriended Deor. These events are described in ["What's in a Name," first published in ''When Valor Must Hold" .