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Ragnall

(c. 900—920) king of York


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Was probably a grandson of Ivar ‘the Boneless’. The severe defeat at Tettenhall had removed many of the leaders of Danish York, enabling Ragnall to seize the throne after he had re-established his position in Dublin. In 914 he was reported with a fleet at the mouth of the Tyne, and seems to have gained Bernicia after defeating Edred, reeve of Bamburgh, and Constantine, king of the Scots, at Corbridge. The following year he campaigned in Ireland, but returned in 918, winning a second encounter at Corbridge. He then moved south and in 919 captured, or recaptured York. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle related that he submitted to Edward, king of Wessex, in 920, but the implied overlordship seems to have been nominal. He died in 921.

From The Kings and Queens of Britain in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.


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