After winning the Battle of Eddington in 878 and effectively ending the efforts of the Great Heathen Army, King Alfred the Great faced the challenge of preparing his grown kingdom for further incursions, to assure that Wessex wouldn’t suffer the same fate as the other Anglo-Saxon kingdoms before it.
Last week we discussed the venture of the Vikings of the Great Heathen Army into Wessex, but were less successful due to the fierce resistance of the people of Wessex and their Kings. This week we’ll look into the final chapter of the conflict.
Last week we talked about the Norsemen increasing their control over parts of England, by venturing into Mercia and taking control over East Anglia, until a new contingent of Viking warriors under King Bagsecgm, the Great Summer Army, arrived in England in search of glory and conquests.
Greetings Lords and Ladies and welcome back to another journey into the history of medieval Britain. The attack on Lindisfarne by Viking raiders in 793 AD delivered a devastating shock to the people of Britain, but it was merely the beginning of a long period of conflict with the Norsemen.