Ashdown, Battle of, 871

Æthelred of Wessex

THE BATTLE OF ASHDOWN – VIKING INVASION

8th January 871

SUMMARY

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

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BACKGROUND

 A Viking force had recently taken Reading. The Saxons had tried to storm the city gates but had failed. They had regrouped on the Berkshire Downs near Ashdown.

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LOCATION

Ashdown, Berkshire, England

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ANGLO SAXONS

LED BY
Aethered I of Wessex

SUPPORTED BY
Alfred

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VIKINGS

LED BY
Halfdan

SUPPORTED BY
Bagsceg

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THE BATTLE

The Saxons split their forces into two flanks. As the Vikings approached Alfred attacked.

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RESULT

Saxon Victory

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CONSEQUENCE

There were heavy losses on both sides but the Saxon victory was inconclusive and the Vikings prepared to fight again.

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