Assandun, Battle of, 1016

BATTLE OF ASSANDUN

BATTLE OF ASSANDUN – VIKING INVASION

18th October 1016

SUMMARY

This was a decisive battle fought between the attacking Danish army led by Canute and a defensive English army led by Edmund Ironside.
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BACKGROUND

The English had been subject to a succession of Danish challenges for more than 200 years. The reign of Aethelred had been characterised by a series of raids and attacks by the Danes led by their King, Sweyn Forkbeard and as a result the Danes controlled much of the north of the river Thames known as the Danelaw.  After Sweyn’s death his son Canute led the challenge and in 1016 following the death of King Aethelred he decided to attack London.

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LOCATION

Historians are divided as to whether the battle took place in Ashington, South Essex or Ashdon, North-West Essex.

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THE DANES

Led by
King Canute of Denmark

Supported by
Thorkell the High

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THE ANGLO-SAXONS

Led by
Edmund Ironside

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RESULT

Decisive Danish victory

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CONSEQUENCE

Edmund only had control over Wessex and when he died in November Canute claimed the crown of all England

 

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