Wilton, Battle of, 871

Battle of Wilton

THE BATTLE OF WILTON – VIKING INVASION

LATE MAY 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. In January 871 the Vikings had taken Reading and made it their base.

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LOCATION

Wilton, near Salisbury, England

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ANGLO SAXONS

LED BY
Alfred

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VIKINGS

LED BY

Halfdan

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THE BATTLE

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

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RESULT

Viking Victory

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CONSEQUENCE

Alfred was forced to make a payment to the Danes to make them leave Wessex alone.

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