THE BATTLE OF ETHANDUN (EDDINGTON) – VIKING INVASION
4TH OR 5TH MAY 878
This was a battle fought between the Wessex Saxons and the Vikings
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 force.
Uncertain but possibly Eddington, Wiltshire, England
The Saxons defeated the Vikings and Guthrum was forced to sue for terms.
Alfred negotiated a peace with Guthrum (Treaty of Wedmore). It was agreed that Guthrum and the Vikings would retreat to the north and Guthrum would be baptised and would then rule in the north. Because he was allowed to make his own laws this region was called the Danelaw.
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