Reading, Battle of, 871

THE BATTLE OF VAL ES DUNES

THE BATTLE OF READING – VIKING INVASION

4th January 871

SUMMARY

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

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BACKGROUND

The Vikings had invaded England and taken Northumbria, East Anglia and Mercia. Wessex alone stood against the invaders. A Viking force had recently taken Reading.

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LOCATION

Reading, England

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ANGLO SAXONS

LED BY
Aethered I of Wessex

SUPPORTED BY
Alfred

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VIKINGS

LED BY

Halfdan

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THE BATTLE

The Saxons stormed the gates to Reading but were beaten back by the Vikings

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RESULT

Viking Victory

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CONSEQUENCE

The Vikings retained their hold on Reading.

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