King Egbert of Wessex conquers Cornwall (52 words)

Historical Context Note

  • Albert Fenton (University of Cambridge)


According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, in 815 King Egbert "ravaged in Cornwall, from east to west". This laconic entry records one of a number of military engagements between the Cornish and West Saxons in this period, which culminated in West Saxon victory over a combined Viking and Cornish force at Hingston Down in 838.

Fenton, Albert. "King Egbert of Wessex conquers Cornwall". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 April 2016
[, accessed 30 April 2017.]

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