Coming to Vinland

1688 WordsFeb 19, 20187 Pages
By 879 AD, Guthrum's remaining army left Wessex, some following him to his Kingdom and some leaving to life a more settled life in Northumbria in York. Some assembled on the Thames to form a new army to return to the European continent to begin new campaigns and take advantage of the political turmoil in Francia with the death of King Charles the Bald (Charles II) in 877 AD. Although with the treaty in place between King Alfred of Wessex and King Guthrum of the Danelaw, Alfred was saved any major conflicts but still had to deal with the occasional Viking raid here and there upon his kingdom. Alfred had reorganized his army, rebuilt and built new defenses around the countryside and a navy. Peace between the Danelaw and Wessex continued until in 884 AD, when King Guthrum of the Danelaw attacked Wessex. Alfred defeated him and made a peace agreement that was outlined in the Treaty of Alfred and Guthrum. This peace treaty formally drew the boundaries of the Danelaw and allowed for Danish self-rule in that region. In November 885 AD, a Viking named Rollo (Hrólfr, possibly Ganger Hrolf (Hrolf the Walker)) was one of the lesser leaders of the Viking fleet which besieged Paris under the leadership of Sigfred. The Vikings initially demanded a ransom, but the Count of Paris, Odo denied it to them, even though he could only muster a few hundred soldiers to defend the city. However, even though the Vikings used a variety siege engines, they failed to breach the Parisian Walls.
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