battle of Edington

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After the disaster at Chippenham in January 878, Alfred was reduced to guerrilla warfare from the marshes around Athelney. By May he was ready to attack again and encountered Guthrum's Danes at Edington, near Westbury. His decisive victory forced Guthrum to sue for peace and give hostages. ‘Never before’, wrote Asser proudly, ‘had they made peace with any one on such terms.’

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