This page was last modified on 25 December 2015, at 15:33. Alfred could have tortured and killed them, and slaughtered them to a man, for he had them in his power... but he wished to make a lasting peace with these men, to share the land with them rather than drive them off.  It is not clear how seriously Guthrum took his conversion to Christianity, but he was the first of the Danish rulers of the English kingdoms to mint coins on the Alfredian model, under his baptismal name of Athelstan. The victory at Edington forced Guthrum to abandon Wessex, and Alfred resumed control of the entire kingdom, ensuring that the last Anglo-Saxon kingdom survived the Viking onslaught. Fortunately for Wessex they did not use the time available effectively.
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 In the 19th century there was a resurgence in interest of medieval history and King Alfred was seen as a major hero.  By 870, the northmen had conquered the kingdoms of Deira and East Anglia, and in 871 they attacked Wessex.
, After the defeat of Guthrum at the Battle of Edington, Alfred's reforms to military obligations in Wessex made it increasingly difficult for the Vikings to raid successfully. From there they marched in force to Edington, where Alfred challenged Guthrun to do battle.
Source for information on Edington, battle of: The Oxford Companion to British History dictionary.
 A charter records a meeting of the king's council at Eðandun, although a later scribe has annotated the same document with Eðandune. "Edington, battle of  There, on an unknown date between 6 and 12 May, they fought the Danes.
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After the victory, when the Danes had taken refuge in the fortress, the West Saxons removed all food that the Danes might be able to capture in a sortie, and waited. Agincourt longbow helps British de…, Hastings, battle of
Facts are sorted by community importance and you can build your personalized lexicon The converted Guthrum took the baptismal name of Athelstan.
The king of the Vikings was afterwards baptized into the Christian church. ."
Their king, Guthrum, accepted Christianity and took his forces to East Anglia, where they settled.…, …won a decisive victory at Edington, near Chippenham. Battle (See also War.) Eventually his people re-grouped and raised an Anglo-Saxon army and defeated the Vikings at the Battle of Edington. The chronicle was compiled during the reign of Alfred the Great and is thus a contemporary record. Alfred came to the throne after his brother, King Aethelred I, was killed fighting the Danes in 871.
 After two weeks, the hungry Danes sued for peace, giving Alfred "preliminary hostages and solemn oaths that they would leave his kingdom immediately", just as usual, but in addition promising that Guthrum would be baptized. WHEN May, 878 AD WHERE Ethandun (Edington), near Trowbridge, Wiltshire WHO Danes under Guthrum vs. Saxons under King Alfred of Wessex WHY Vimeiro, battle of, 1808.
The Battle of Edington (May 878) was a battle which took place near Edington in the county of Wiltshire in the south-west of England.. Northampton, battle of, 1460.  It is to this period that the story of King Alfred burning the cakes belongs..
However, Alfred managed to contain this threat by reforming his military and setting up a system of fortified cities, known as burghs or burhs. They already held the north and east of the country.
They then besieged Guthrum for two weeks, starving him into surrender. The battle features in several historical novels and dramas: TO COMMEMORATE THE BATTLE OF ETHANDUN FOUGHT IN THIS VICINITY MAY 878 AD WHEN KING ALFRED THE GREAT DEFEATED THE VIKING ARMY, GIVING BIRTH TO THE ENGLISH NATIONHOOD.  Although most early historians had sited the battle as in the Edington, Wiltshire area, the significant interest in the subject encouraged many antiquarians to dig up Alfredian sites and also to propose alternatives for the location of the battle.
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Alfred then called as many of the fyrdmen of Somerset, Wiltshire, and Hampshire as he could, and they assembled at Egbert's Stone over the course of three days. The Alfred Jewel, an ornament inscribed with Alfred’s name, was found at Athelney in 1693.….
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The best he could hope for was to consolidate his current possessions. A smaller Danish force broke and fell back to their fortress at Chippenham, and the Saxons killed everyone who did not make it back in the fortress.
Further Danish forces had settled on the land before Guthrum attacked Wessex: in East Anglia, and in Mercia between the treaty at Exeter and the attack on Chippenham; many others were lost in a storm off Swanage in 876-7, with 120 ships wrecked Internal disunity was threatening to tear the Danes apart, and they needed time to reorganize. Interested in participating in the Publishing Partner Program? ." This page was last modified 20:23, 14 May 2005.  The primary difference between this agreement and the treaties at Wareham and Exeter was that Alfred had decisively defeated the Danes at Edington, rather than just stopping them, and therefore it seemed more likely that they would keep to the terms of the treaty. The Oxford Companion to British History.
By 896 the Vikings gave up with some going to East Anglia and others going to Northumbria.
In addition, Ealdorman Aethelred Mucel of Mercia's son Aethelred led an experienced Mercian contingent to join the West Saxons. , Three weeks after the battle, Guthrum was baptized at Aller with Alfred as his sponsor. Alfred was a realist; he realised that he could never hope to drive the Danes out of the rest of England.  In the seventh week after Easter, or between 4 and 7 May, Alfred called a levy at Ecgbryhtesstan (Egbert's Stone). Retrieved October 18, 2020 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/history/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/edington-battle. Guthrum, in turn, ordered that no mercy be showed to the Anglo-Saxons. The men of even one shire could be a formidable fighting force, as those of Devon proved in the same year, defeating an army under Ubbe Ragnarsson at the Battle of Cynwit. It was under Alfred that the Viking threat was contained. Free entry to English Heritage properties throughout England, plus discounted admission to Historic Scotand and Cadw properties in Scotland and Wales.
(October 18, 2020). In the Spring of 878, he summoned his West Saxon forces and marched to Edington, where he met the Danes, led by Guthrum, in battle.
Actium Octavian’s naval defeat of Antony and Cleopatra (31 B.C.). In the late 9th century the Danes had slowly but surely infiltrated the British Isles and pushed back the Anglo-Saxon inhabitants.