9th Century Battles

Alfred the Great

Ethandun, Battle of, 878

THE BATTLE OF ETHANDUN (EDDINGTON) – VIKING INVASION 4TH OR 5TH MAY 878 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings —-oOo—- BACKGROUND  In 872 Alfred had made a payment to the Viking Danes to keep them away from Wessex for five years. Once the five years were up the Vikings returned in […]

Battle of Wilton

Wilton, Battle of, 871

THE BATTLE OF WILTON – VIKING INVASION LATE MAY 871 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings —-oOo—- 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. —-oOo—- LOCATION […]

Alfred Jewel

Benfleet, Battle of, 894

THE BATTLE OF BENFLEET- VIKING INVASION unknown date, 894 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings —-oOo—- BACKGROUND  Alfred had made peace with Haesten but he had broken that peace. —-oOo—- LOCATION Benfleet, Essex, England —-oOo—- ANGLO SAXONS LED BY Edward —-oOo—- VIKINGS LED BY Haesten —-oOo—- THE BATTLE Haesten had left his […]

Edward the Elder

Farnham, Battle of, 893

THE BATTLE OF FARNHAM – VIKING INVASION unknown date, 893 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings —-oOo—- BACKGROUND  Alfred had made peace with Haesten but he had broken that peace. Meanwhile one group of Vikings had made Appledore, Devon their base while another group were based in Merton, Kent. —-oOo—- LOCATION Farnham, […]

King Æthelred

Meretum, Battle of, 871

THE BATTLE OF MERETUM (MARTON) – VIKING INVASION 22nd March 871 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings —-oOo—- BACKGROUND  This was the fifth battle in three months fought between the Vikings and the Saxons —-oOo—- LOCATION Exact location unknown, England —-oOo—- ANGLO SAXONS LED BY Aethered I of Wessex SUPPORTED BY Alfred […]

Viking Great Heathen Army route

Basing, Battle of, 871

THE BATTLE OF BASING – VIKING INVASION 22nd January 871 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings —-oOo—- BACKGROUND  The Vikings had recently been defeated at the Battle of Ashdown. They had regrouped at Reading and prepared to fight again. —-oOo—- LOCATION Basing, Hampshire, England —-oOo—- ANGLO SAXONS LED BY Aethered I […]

Æthelred of Wessex

Ashdown, Battle of, 871

THE BATTLE OF ASHDOWN – VIKING INVASION 8th January 871 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings —-oOo—- 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. —-oOo—- LOCATION Ashdown, Berkshire, England […]

Battle-of-Reading

Reading, Battle of, 871

THE BATTLE OF READING – VIKING INVASION 4th January 871 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings —-oOo—- 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. —-oOo—- LOCATION Reading, England —-oOo—- ANGLO SAXONS LED […]

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

Englefield, Battle of, 870

THE BATTLE OF ENGLEFIELD – VIKING INVASION 31st December 870 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings —-oOo—- 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. —-oOo—- LOCATION Englefield, England —-oOo—- ANGLO SAXONS LED […]

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