- Battle of Reading (871)
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Reading (871)
partof= Viking invasion
4 January 871
result=Saxon defeat with great losses
Ethelred of Wessexand Alfred
Siege of Reading(1642-1643), Battle of Reading (1688)"
The first Battle of Reading was a
battleon January 4 871near Reading in what is now the English county of Berkshire. The battle occurred when Ethelred of Wessexand his brother Alfred the Greatattacked 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 ealdormannamed 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 Chronicleis the first mention of the town of Reading.
* [http://www.berkshirehistory.com/articles/reading_vikings.html Berkshire History article]
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