Battle of Reading (871)


Battle of Reading (871)

Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Reading (871)
partof= Viking invasion


caption=
date=4 January 871
place=Reading, Berkshire
result=Saxon defeat with great losses
combatant1=Anglo-Saxons
combatant2=Danish Vikings
commander1=Ethelred of Wessex and Alfred
commander2=
strength1=
strength2=
casualties1=
casualties2=

:"See also Siege of Reading (1642-1643), Battle of Reading (1688)"

The first Battle of Reading was a battle on January 4 871 near Reading in what is now the English county of Berkshire. The battle occurred when Ethelred of Wessex and his brother Alfred the Great attacked a Danish army, which was invading Britain and was camped near Reading. Although many Danes were killed, the Saxons under Ethelred were defeated and driven from the field with great losses.

According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a West Saxon ealdorman named Aethelwulf was killed here. Aethelwulf had been the victorious West Saxon leader four days earlier at the Battle of Englefield.

The description of this battle in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is the first mention of the town of Reading.

External links

* [http://www.berkshirehistory.com/articles/reading_vikings.html Berkshire History article]


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