By Jim Bradbury
This complete quantity offers easily-accessible real fabric on all significant components of battle within the medieval west. the full geographical region of medieval Europe, together with japanese Europe, is roofed, together with crucial components from open air Europe similar to Byzantine battle, nomadic horde invasions and the Crusades.
Progressing chronologically, the paintings is gifted in themed, illustrated sections, with a story define providing a short advent to the realm. inside every one chronological part, Jim Bradbury provides transparent and informative items on battles, sieges, and generals.
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3 British kings—Coinmail, Condidan and Farinmail—were killed. they could each one have governed one of many towns named—Gloucester, Cirencester and Bath—which fell to the English. The Britons north and south of the Bristol Channel have been separated. EDINGTON (ETHANDUN), conflict OF, may perhaps 878 Victory over the Danes, Alfred’s comeback conflict after the Danish enhance into Wessex and his retreat to Athelney in Somerset. strengthened via males from Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire he marched east. The armies met at Edington in Wiltshire, south of the Viking base at Chippenham. The English shaped a guard wall. Many Vikings have been killed. Alfred pursued the Danes to Chippenham, which he besieged for a fortnight until eventually Guthrum agreed to provide hostages and settle for baptism. He withdrew to East Anglia. Wessex used to be kept and the way forward for England lay with the Wessex dynasty. EILDON, conflict OF, 6–9 AUGUST 761 Fought within the reign of Aethelwald Moll king of Northumbria, lasting 3 days, which makes one wonder whether it used to be a siege. It used to be because of Oswine’s uprising opposed to Aethelwald. Oswine was once killed at the 3rd day. zv1 38 The Anglo-Saxon invasions and England a hundred forty five ELLENDUN (WROUGHTON), conflict OF, 19 AUGUST 825 Victory for Egbert of Wessex over Beornwulf of Mercia. Beornwulf had taken the offensive, and met Egbert at Wroughton in Wiltshire to the south of Swindon, where proven from constitution place-name facts. Many have been killed, together with Aethelweard Hun, Ealdorman of Somerset, who was once buried at Winchester. Egbert then subdued Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Essex, setting up the authority of Wessex. Stenton referred to as it ‘one of the main decisive battles of Anglo-Saxon historical past’ since it ended the dominance of Mercia. FETHANLEAG, conflict OF, 584 The West Saxons lower than Cutha and Ceawlin opposed to the Britons. Ceawlin was once trying to extend north. Cutha used to be killed yet Ceawlin went directly to seize many cities. in keeping with the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Ceawlin lower back in anger, which means that Fethanleag was once an English defeat. The identify may well suggest ‘warriors’ wood’. It was once fought close to Stoke Lyne in Oxfordshire, the place a 12th-century rfile mentions a wooden referred to as Fethelée. GALFORD, conflict OF, 825 among the British of Devon and Cornwall, weakening the west opposed to the development of Egbert of Wessex. HATFIELD CHASE, conflict OF, 14 OCTOBER 633 Fought at the similar day as Hastings (Bede has 12 October), within which Edwin king of Northumbria used to be killed. The allied victors have been Cadwallon ap Cadfan, King of Gwynedd in North Wales, and Penda then aetheling of Mercia. Penda used to be a pagan and Cadwallon a barbarian. Cadwallon answered to Edwin’s invasion via a counter opposed to Northumbria. Edwin’s son Osfrith used to be killed. The victors laid waste Northumbria. Paulinus took the useless king’s widow, Aethelburh, to Kent the place he grew to become bishop of Rochester. Ryknield highway gone through Hatfield Chase and was once at the course from Northumbria to the south. the positioning of the conflict was once on the subject of Edwinstowe in Northumberland. The conflict marked the downfall of a good northern king and the increase of Penda, quickly to be King of Mercia.