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871 – Æthelred of Wessex fights a Danish invasion force at the Battle of Marton

22 March

The Battle of Marton or Meretum took place on this day in 871 at a place recorded as Marton, perhaps in Wiltshire or Dorset. Æthelred of Wessex had been forced (along with his brother Alfred) into flight following their costly victory against an army of Danish invaders at the Battle of Ashdown. He had retreated to Basing (in Hampshire), where he was again defeated by the forces of Ivar the Boneless. Continue reading “871 – Æthelred of Wessex fights a Danish invasion force at the Battle of Marton”

1066 – Harold Godwinson (or Harold II) is crowned King of England

6 January

Harold II (or Harold Godwinson c. 1022 – 14 October 1066) was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England. Continue reading “1066 – Harold Godwinson (or Harold II) is crowned King of England”

871 – Battle of Reading: Æthelred of Wessex is defeated by a Danish invasion army

4 January

The first Battle of Reading was a battle on this day in 871 at Reading in what is now the English county of Berkshire. It was one of a series of battles, with honours to both sides, that took place following an invasion of the then kingdom of Wessex by an army of Danes led by Bagsecg and Halfdan Ragnarsson in an attempt to conquer Wessex. Both battle and campaign are described in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, and this account provides the earliest known written record of the existence of the town of Reading. Continue reading “871 – Battle of Reading: Æthelred of Wessex is defeated by a Danish invasion army”

1066 – The Battle of Fulford

20 September – On this day

The Battle of Fulford (also known as Fulford Gate) was fought at the place identified by Symeon of Durham as the village of Fulford near York in England, on this day in 1066, when King Harald III of Norway, also known as Harald Hardrada (Old Norse, meaning “hard ruler”), and Tostig Godwinson, his English ally, fought and defeated the ‘Northern’ Earls Edwin (Earl of Mercia) and Morcar (Earl of Northumbria). Continue reading “1066 – The Battle of Fulford”

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