The Holme, Battle of, 902

THE BATTLE OF THE HOLME

THE BATTLE OF THE HOLME –  VIKING INVASION

13th December 902

SUMMARY

This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings

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BACKGROUND

 Alfred’s son, Edward, had been made King after the death of his father. However, Alfred had been made King over Aethelwold, son of Alfred’s elder brother Aethelwold. After the death of Alfred Aethelwold thought he should be King. He enlisted the support of the Vikings to fight for his cause.

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LOCATION

Holme, Cambridgeshire, England

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ANGLO SAXONS

LED BY
Edward

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VIKINGS

LED BY
Aethelwold

SUPPORTED BY

Eohric, Viking King of East Anglia.

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THE BATTLE

Little is known about the battle details but both sides lost large numbers of men. Both Aethelwold and Eohric, Viking King of East Anglia, were killed

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RESULT

Viking Victory

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CONSEQUENCE

The death of Aethelwold and the Viking leader of East Anglia made Edward’s position on the throne more secure.

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