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Alfred the Great (849—899) king of the West Saxons and of the Anglo-Saxons

 

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The battle at Englefield, near Reading, in early 871 marks the opening of the bitter struggle between the West Saxons and the Danes. Æthelwulf, the ealdorman of Berkshire, was killed in the failure of the West Saxons, commanded by King *Æthelred and his brother Alfred, to dislodge the Danes. The failure led directly into the so‐called ‘year of battles’ in the course of which the king died, to be succeeded by Alfred.

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