Wessex battles the Vikings; Danes occupy part of England

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Historical Context Note

The English Kingdom of Wessex opposes the Danish Vikings in a series of battles: Englefield, Berkshire (31 Dec. 870); Reading (4 Jan. 871), Ashdown (8 Jan. 871), Basing (22 Jan. 871), Merton (22 March 871), Wilton (May 871). At Ashdown the English win their first significant victory of the war; nonetheless, it proves impossible to recapture Reading. Wessex, like the other English kingdoms, makes peace with the Danes, and rule over England is divides between the Danes and the Kingdom of Wessex, now ruled by Alfred (the Great).

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Editors. "Wessex battles the Vikings; Danes occupy part of England". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 May 2009
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