On This Day In The Viking Age
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4 January


871 – Battle of Reading

Days after the Saxon victory at the battle of Englefield, Æthelred of Wessex and Alfred move their army to the Viking’s camp at Reading. They lost the battle and the brothers had to escape to fight another day… which would come soon.


1066 – Death of Edward the Confessor

When Harthacnut passed, his half-brother Edward the Confessor became king of England until he passed away on this day in 1066. He was succeeded by Harold Godwinsson until that fateful battle of Hastings.


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