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Battle of Edington (878)

The Battle of Edington took place in 878. The Anglo-Saxon king of Wessex, Alfred the Great decisively defeated the Danes under leadership of Guthrum and managed to stop the Viking advance in England. Guthrum was forced to seek peace and accept the Peace of Chippenham (or Wedmore) according to which he converted to Christianity, while England was divided into two kingdoms ruled by Alfred the Great and Guthrum. Thus the last free Anglo-Saxon kingdom Wessex retained its independence and protected itself from the Viking raids for a short period.

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