BATTLE OF ASSANDUN – VIKING INVASION
18th October 1016
This was a decisive battle fought between the attacking Danish army led by Canute and a defensive English army led by Edmund Ironside.
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.
Historians are divided as to whether the battle took place in Ashington, South Essex or Ashdon, North-West Essex.
King Canute of Denmark
Thorkell the High
Decisive Danish victory
Edmund only had control over Wessex and when he died in November Canute claimed the crown of all England
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