THE BATTLE OF ASHDOWN – VIKING INVASION
8th January 871
This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings
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.
Ashdown, Berkshire, England
Aethered I of Wessex
The Saxons split their forces into two flanks. As the Vikings approached Alfred attacked.
There were heavy losses on both sides but the Saxon victory was inconclusive and the Vikings prepared to fight again.