THE BATTLE OF MALDON – VIKING INVASION
10th August 991
This was a battle fought between the forces of Earl Bryhtnoth and the Vikings
There had been on-going battles between the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings. The Vikings had a strong presence in Essex and wanted to maintain that presence.
by the River Blackwater, Maldon, Essex
Olaf (possibly Tryggvason)
The Vikings had a large force of between 2,000 and 3,000 men and outnumbered the smaller Anglo-Saxon force who were easily defeated.
Aethelred was forced to pay the Vikings £10,000 (3.3 kg of silver) to prevent further attacks. The payment was known as Danegeld.