Tagged: Anglo-Saxon England

An Anglo-Saxon Royal Village at Rendlesham?

Though Rendlesham may be well known as “Britain’s Roswell” for the 1980 Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, it is now making news for the discovery of something that has been there for centuries. Writing in the early 8th century, the Venerable Bede mentioned a village, describing it as “the king’s country-seat of Rendlesham.” After the 1939 discovery of an undisturbed Anglo-Saxon burial ship only 4 miles from Rendlesham, most became convinced that it was the burial site of 7th century Anglo-Saxon King Rædwald. Rendlesham was believed to be the site of his royal hall, but no proof had been found to...

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The Saxons are Repulsed at The Battle of Reading – 4 January 871

England in 871 was still a fractured land of kingdoms often in conflict with one another. Wessex had emerged as the most powerful kingdom and its location in the island’s southwest had protected it from the brunt of the Danish invasions. The Danes had repeatedly assaulted Britain’s eastern coast since 789, but had intensified their invasion forces by 865 and expanded into western Britain by 870. In 871 the Great Summer Army of the Danes, led by a Viking king known as Bagsec, landed in Britain. They joined forces with the Great Heathen Army, a Viking army that had overrun...

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