The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records the first Viking raids on England

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  • Caitlin Ellis (University of Cambridge)

Historical Context Note

According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, in 789 ‘three ships of the Northmen’ arrived and killed a reeve who came to meet them. In all probability, however, there were earlier raids by Scandinavians which were not recorded in our surviving documentary sources.

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Ellis, Caitlin. "The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records the first Viking raids on England". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 January 2016
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