Robin Hood's Bower Earthwork Enclosure in Southleigh Wood
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County Council (Unitary)
South West Wiltshire
SJ877877 (387676, 142319)
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Said,in the 9th century recordings by both Bishop Asser and the Anglo Saxon Chronicle, to have been the camp site in May 878, for King Alfred with his commander Egwolf and their force of around three or four thousand men and horses, the night just prior to the great climactic battle in the war against the Vikings led by King Guthrum. This took place at Edington, 10 miles to the north. This famous victory by Alfred over the Vikings, who surrendered totally two weeks later, brought peace at last to Wessex and surrounding areas. Guthrum and the other Viking warlords were baptised into the Christian church by Alfred and the whole process of Viking integration into Saxon life began.
Peter Staveley, 8 August 2013
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