Viking battle site

This is a bit of old (c. a month) news as a friend, from Devon, sent me a newspaper clipping via snail-mail!

Horrible Science author claims to have found Viking battle site
A children’s author believes he has found the long-lost site of a battle which saved Britain from the Vikings more then 1,200 years ago.
Horrible Science writer Nick Arnold has spent years tracing the location of the Battle of Cynuit in 878.
A Saxon army routed an invading force of Vikings which besieged them in a fortress in North Devon or Somerset, the site of which has been the subject of speculation.
England’s ruler, Alfred the Great was not present in person at the battle in which the Saxons were led by an Alderman named Odda.
King Alfred later routed a second, larger Viking Army at the Battle of Edington in the same year.
Most historians believe Cynuit to be modern day Cannington, near Bridgwater, Somerset, but Mr Arnold believes the site of the fortress was in fact at Castle Hill, near Beaford, Devon.
A hamlet nearby is known as Kenwith, which could be a modern version of the Saxon Cynuit.
Mr Arnold said the fort matched the description given by Bishop Asser, a friend [and biographer] of Alfred the Great, and was in a location that fitted the account of the battle.
The perimeter was shortened to fit a unit of measurement used by the Saxons when they planned forts.

Nick Arnold revealed his theory about the location at Appledore Book Festival in a talk entitled, Who Killed King Ubba? on October 3rd.

The battle and Asser feature in Bernard Cornwell‘s novel series: The Saxon Stories


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