Corbridge, Battle of, 918

Constantine II of Scotland

THE BATTLE OF CORBRIDGE – VIKING INVASION

unknown date in 918

SUMMARY

This was a battle fought between the Vikings led by Ragnall and the combined forces of Constantine II of Scotland and Ealdred of Bamburgh

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BACKGROUND

The Viking Ragnall had previously driven Ealdred out of Bamburgh. He had allied with Constantine II of Scotland to try to defeat Ragnall and re-take all of Northumbria.

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LOCATION

Corbridge, England

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SCOTS

LED BY
Constantine II

SUPPORTED BY
Ealdred of Bamburgh

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VIKINGS

LED BY
Ragnall

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THE BATTLE

The Vikings divided their troops into four. Three groups met the Scots while one remained hidden. The Scots made ground against the three groups of Vikings but were then surprised by the fourth hidden group. The Scots managed to retreat.

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RESULT

Indecisive

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CONSEQUENCE

The retreat of the Scots allowed Ragnall to advance on York and take the city.

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