The Battle of Edington
The Battle of Edington, also known as the Battle of Ethandun, was a pivotal conflict that took place in 878 AD between the forces of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, and the Viking army led by Guthrum. The battle occurred near Edington in modern-day Wiltshire, England.
Alfred’s forces successfully defeated the Viking army, leading to a decisive victory for the Anglo-Saxons. This victory marked a turning point in the Viking invasions of England, as it halted the advance of the Viking Great Heathen Army and forced Guthrum to sue for peace. The battle is significant for its role in preserving Anglo-Saxon control over Wessex and contributing to the eventual unification of England under the leadership of Alfred the Great.