Exeter, Siege of 1068

Exeter, Siege of 1068

THE SIEGE OF EXETER Autumn 1068 SUMMARY Harold Godwinson’s mother, Gytha had enlisted the support of the people of Exeter and they vowed to resist the rule of William I —-oOo—- BACKGROUND William Duke of Normandy had conquered England in 1066, winning the Battle of Hastings and killing King Harold II (Godwinson) and been crowned King […]


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 […]

Viking Invasion of England

Viking Invasion of England

THE VIKING INVASION OF ENGLAND – 793 – 1066 WHO WERE THE VIKINGS? The Vikings came from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Their countries lacked fertile land so it was difficult to grow crops. They built ships which they used to travel from one place to another. They were skilled in fighting and mostly used sword, shield […]


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 […]


Edgehill, Battle of, 1642

BATTLE OF EDGEHILL – ENGLISH CIVIL WAR 23rd October 1642 SUMMARY This battle was the first pitched battle of the English Civil War. Royalist and Parliamentarians. It was the Royalists that forced the battle by moving down the hill towards the Parliamentarians. Neither side was able to make significant gains and the battle was a […]

Site created March 22nd 2013. Info@UnderstandingWars.com

All rights reserved.