Thursday, 12 January 2017

Mini Histories: The Battle of Edington

King Alfred was, as Edward Freeman, English historian calls him "the most perfect character in history’ an English hero, who in my opinion, is a match for Henry V and outshines Richard I by miles.





England had been over run by the dreaded Vikings, they had taken Northumbria, East Anglia and Mercia, only Alfred's Wessex was left. Alfred's battle at Edington took place between the 6th and the 12th May in 879 was fought on the side of a double ditched iron age hill fort, against an uncoordinated band of Vikings under its leader Guthrum, is not often remembered. Forgotten too is that he persuaded Guthrum to convert to Christianity.


Alfred's control of these marauding Vikings paved the way for the future unity of England.

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