Maldon, Battle of 991

Ethelred the Unready

THE BATTLE OF MALDON – VIKING INVASION

10th August 991

SUMMARY

This was a battle fought between the forces of Earl Bryhtnoth and the Vikings

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BACKGROUND

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.

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LOCATION

by the River Blackwater, Maldon, Essex

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ANGLO SAXONS

LED BY
Bryhtnoth

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VIKINGS

LED BY
Olaf (possibly Tryggvason)

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THE BATTLE

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.

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RESULT

Viking Victory

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CONSEQUENCE

Aethelred was forced to pay the Vikings £10,000 (3.3 kg of silver) to prevent further attacks. The payment was known as Danegeld.

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