Tettenhall, Battle of, 910

THE BATTLE OF TETTENHALL

THE BATTLE OF TETTENHALL (WEDNESFIELD) – VIKING INVASION

5th August 910

SUMMARY

This was a battle fought between the combined forces of Wessex and Mercia against the Northumbrian Vikings

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BACKGROUND

The Vikings had managed to take over Northumbria and ruled it under Danelaw. The Anglo Saxons had made a number of raids into Northumbria and had succeeded in capturing the bones of Saint Oswald of Northumbria. The Vikings sought revenge.

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LOCATION

Tettenhall or Wednesfield (Wolverhampton today) England

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ANGLO SAXONS

LED BY
Edward the Elder

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VIKINGS

LED BY

Halfdan

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THE BATTLE

The Vikings entered Mercia by sailing up the river Severn and raided many settlements along the route. A party of Vikings were returning to Northumbria overland when they were surprised by a combined army of Wessex and Mercian men. The Vikings were trapped and suffered huge losses.

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RESULT

Anglo-Saxon Victory

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CONSEQUENCE

The Northumbrian Vikings were weakened and so the Saxons could focus on trying to defeat the Vikings in the South.

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