Britain 979 CE

Viking attacks have affected all the peoples of the British Isles, but in England they have been overcome by the Anglo-Saxons under the kings of Wessex.

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What is happening in Britain in 979CE

The kingdoms of the British Isles came under severe attack from Viking raiders from the end of the 8th century onwards. No area was safe, and large numbers of Norse (as the Vikings were called) settled in northern England, northern Scotland and Ireland. At this date, large parts of Scotland and Ireland are still under Norse control.

In England, the Norse attacks led directly to the disappearance of all the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms except Wessex. However, the kings of Wessex, starting with Alfred the Great (reigned 871-899), have fought the Vikings back and have succeeded in uniting the whole of England – plus southern Scotland – under their rule.

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