battle of Biedcanford

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Though Biedcanford was clearly an important battle, it is difficult to identify. The Anglo‐Saxon Chronicle seems precise, attributing a victory over the Britons to Cutha, brother of Ceawlin of Wessex, who went on to take the towns of Lygeabyrig, Aeglesbyrig, Benesingtun, and Egonsham. These have with some confidence been identified as Limbury (now part of north Luton), Aylesbury, Benson, and Eynsham. But Stenton denied that the name referred to Bedford and historians have puzzled whether Britons could have been holding the vale of Aylesbury as late as 571.

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