The Danes conquer Northumbria

Historical Context Note

Rebecca Thomas (University of Cambridge)
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According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the vikings moved from East Anglia to Northumbria in 867, where they took advantage of civil strife between rival kings Osbert and Ælle. Whilst the Northumbrians did eventually unite to defend themselves, the vikings seized York, and secured their submission.

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Citation: Thomas, Rebecca. "The Danes conquer Northumbria". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 February 2016 [, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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