chieftan Weland, attacked Winchester, the capital of Wessex, and set the town alight. Weland tried to fight further inland but was defeated by an Anglo Saxon
860 (20th December)
King Aethelbald of Wessex died. He was succeeded by his brother Aethelberht
of Kent thus uniting Wessex and Kent.
Aethelberht of Wessex was crowned at Kingston-upon-Thames.
862 (13th April)
King Donald of Scotland died. He was succeeded by his nephew Constantine I.
for the rule of the kingdom of Northumbria and won.
The legendary Viking, Ragnar Lothbrok
was shipwrecked off the Northumbrian coast. King Aelle immediately marched to the coast, defeated the Viking army and took Ragnar prisoner.
Aelle killed Ragnar Lothbrok by throwing him into a pit of snakes. This act led to the formation of the Great Heathen army by the sons of Ragnar who vowed to avenge the death of their father.
King Aethelberht of Wessex died. He was succeeded by his brother Aethelred I of Wessex.
866 (1st November)
The Great Heathen Army marched north to Northumbria and took the city of York.
867 (21st March)
Aelle made an alliance with his former adversary, Osberht, and together they marched to expel the Vikings
from York. They were badly defeated. Osberht was killed during the battle. Aelle was captured and executed, allegedly by being subjected to the blood eagle as revenge for his killing Ragnar Lothbork.
Ivar the Boneless, leader of the Great Heathen army, claimed victory over Northumbria and installed Ecgbert as puppet King.
King Aethelred I married Wulfthryth
, it is thought she came from Wiltshire.
A son Aethelhelm
, was born to Aethelred and Wulfthryth.
Aethelred’s younger brother Alfred married Ealhswith
, daughter of a Mercian noble strengthening ties with Mercia.
Aethelred’s brother-in-law, Burgred of Mercia
, appealed for help against a Viking attack. Aethelred and his brother Alfred
marched north with an army but Burgred paid the Vikings to leave thus avoiding battle.
868 (20th November)
A son, Aethelwold, was born to King Aethelred and Wulfthryth.
The Viking force led by Ivar the Boneless entered Mercia and sacked the monastery at Peterborough killing the monks and abbot.