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How Anglo Saxon warriors took on the Viking-led enemy alliance in Battle of Brunanburh 

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The forgotten battle that outlined Britain was fought close to modern-day Liverpool:  Web site the place Anglo Saxon warriors took on Viking-led alliance on the Battle of Brunanburh is pinpointed by lecturers

  • The 937AD battle noticed King Aethelstan’s English forces struggle a Viking-led alliance
  • The battle noticed shut quarter fight with shields, arrows, axes and spears
  • The positioning of the battle stays unknown regardless of its historic significance 

A bloody Anglo Saxon battle which solid fashionable England is seen by historians as one of the vital vital battles in British historical past however stays largely unknown to its folks.

The Battle of Brunanburh in 937AD noticed King Aethelstan’s English forces struggle a Viking-led alliance in a brutal fight which noticed six kings and 7 earls killed.

On the time of the battle, Britain was a divided nation dominated by the Celts within the far north, the Earls of Northumberland (of Norse, viking respectable) within the north of England and most of Eire whereas the Anglo Saxons managed central and southern England.

The Battle of Brunanburh in 937AD noticed King Aethelstan’s English forces struggle a Viking-led alliance in a brutal fight which noticed six kings and 7 earls killed

Brunanburh noticed the Anglo Saxons go face to face with a joint military of Celts and Norse warriors.

The positioning of the battle has been a thriller regardless of its historic significance, with archaeologists most not too long ago claiming it happened close to Liverpool.

The battle primarily performed out in shield-wall clashes the place a protracted line of ironbound willow shields have been carried by warriors additionally wielding swords, spears and axes, The Telegraph stories.

The attackers would throw spears and shoot arrows on the enemy’s shield-wall hoping to interrupt the defence earlier than coming into shut contact.

Shields clashed with shields and fighters hacked at one another within the brutal battle as they tried to open a niche within the first line of defence earlier than ranks behind would fill in.

If the shield-wall broke the savage combating turned even bloodier with warriors slain as they tried to flee. 

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a set of annals in Outdated English, mentioned of the battle: ‘By no means better slaughter/Was there on this island, by no means as many/Folks felled earlier than this/By the swords’ edges.’

After researching medieval manuscripts, uncovering weapons and finishing up land surveys, consultants consider the true battlefield was in Wirral.

It has been rumoured to have taken place in County Durham, Yorkshire and Cheshire.

The site of the battle has been a mystery despite its historical significance, with archaeologists most recently claiming it took place near Liverpool

The positioning of the battle has been a thriller regardless of its historic significance, with archaeologists most not too long ago claiming it happened close to Liverpool

In 927, King Aethelstan invaded Northumbria, occupied York and expelled King of Eire Anlaf Guthfrithson’s kinsmen, the rulers of York and Dublin.

Ten years later, in the summertime of 937, Anlaf and Constantine launched their invasion with ‘the largest Viking fleet ever seen in British waters’.

Sooner or later later within the yr Aethelstan superior out of Mercia and attacked the primary allied military round Brunanburh.

In a battle described as ‘immense, lamentable and horrible’, King Aethelstan defeated a Viking fleet led by the Anlaf and Constantine, the King of Alba.

Anlaf escaped by sea and arrived again in Dublin the next spring.

Had King Athelstan – grandson of Alfred the Nice – been defeated it could have been the tip of Anglo-Saxon England.

However upon victory, Aethelstan prevented the dissolution of his kingdom in what historian Alfred Smyth described as ‘the best single battle in Anglo-Saxon historical past earlier than Hastings’.

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle described on the time how Athelstan’s forces chased after the Scots and Vikings after they’d been vanquished, and slaughtered them mercilessly. 


TV historian Professor Michael Wood

TV historian Professor Michael Wooden

Most individuals consider the Battle of Brunanburh happened in Bromborough on the Wirral, Merseyside.

However TV historian Professor Michael Wooden is satisfied it truly unfolded 100 miles away in South Yorkshire,  close to the quaint village of Burghwallis.

He offers six important causes as proof for the battle’s location in South Yorkshire: 

1 – He says a battle web site on the primary route from York down into England’s Danish heartland in Mercia is a much more seemingly location for the battle. 

The area south of York was the centre of battle between the Northumbrians and the West Saxon kings throughout the second quarter of the tenth century. 

2 – The title Bromborough comes from an Outdated English place title Brunanburh or ‘Bruna’s fort’ which is similar because the battle.

However Professor Wooden argues the case for Bromborough being the placement of the battle ‘rests on the title alone’.

He says Bromborough isn’t talked about within the 1086 Domesday E book and would not seem till the twelfth century.

3 – There are additionally doubts about whether or not Brunanburh needs to be spelt with a single or double ‘n’, because it was by a number of tenth and eleventh century chroniclers.

Altering the spelling to a double ‘n’ and Brunnanburh adjustments the Outdated English that means from ‘Bruna’s fort’ to ‘the fort on the spring’, which may check with Robin Hood’s Properly.

4 – Professor Wooden highlights a poem in 1122 by which John of Worcester reported Anlaf’s fleet landed within the Humber, the other aspect of the nation to the Wirral.

5 – And a misplaced tenth century poem quoted by William of Malmesbury says the Northumbrians submitted to the invaders at or close to York, implying the invaders have been in Yorkshire within the prelude to the battle.

6 – An early Northumbrian supply, the Historia Regum, offers another title for the battle web site – Wendun.

Professor Wooden mentioned this could possibly be interpreted as ‘the dun by the Went’ or ‘Went Hill’ in south Yorkshire, close to to Robin Hood’s Properly.


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