THE BATTLE OF WILTON – VIKING INVASION
LATE MAY 871
This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings
The Vikings had invaded England and taken Northumbria, East Anglia and Mercia. Wessex alone stood against the invaders. In January 871 the Vikings had taken Reading and made it their base.
Wilton, near Salisbury, England
Alfred attacked and the Danes seemed to retreat. Alfred pursued the retreating Danes, but the retreat was a feint and the Vikings attacked the Saxons
Alfred was forced to make a payment to the Danes to make them leave Wessex alone.