826

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Christianity introduced into Scandinavia 
The monk Ansgar accompanied Harold of Norway to Scandinavia to spread Christianity into the region. King Harold had recently been converted to Christianity.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
The rise of Wessex 
Egbert, the king of Wessex, defeated Beornwulf, the king of Mercia at Wilton to establist the power of the area of Wessex.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Vikings invade Sheppey 
Episode: Viking Invasions
It appears that the raid on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent was the start of a trend of attacks by the Vikings.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Viking invade Devon 
Episode: Viking Invasions
A fleet of possibly 35 ships landed a Viking army in Devon. Egbert fought the Vikings at Carhampton but was defeated by the invaders.

Ireland raided by the Vikings 
Episode: Viking Invasions
Up until now the Vikings had raided islands and coastal communities but now they launched inland attacks. The Vikings attacked Southern Ui Néill and they took captives.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Battle of Hingston Down 
Episode: Viking Invasions
A Viking raiding party assisted by local Cornish men was defeated by Egbert of Wessex.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Ethulwulf becomes king of Wessex 
Egbert was followed by his son Ethulwulf as King of Wessex.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Death of Louis the Pious 
Louis the Pious died leaving the Frankish Empire in a state of civil war due to the continuing disputes over land by his sons.

841

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Battle of Fontenay 
The sons of Louis the Pious met and fought at the Battle of Fontenay.

Rouen attacked by the Vikings 
Episode: Viking Invasions
A fleet of Viking longboats sailed up the River Seine to Rouen. There they plundered the city of its wealth.

843

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Treaty of Verdun 
At the Treaty of Verdun the sons of Louis the Pious settled their differences and divided the empire up between themselves. Louis the German took control of the eastern area, now the area of Germany. Charles the Bald took the western area, now the area of France. Lothair received the area between the two as well as Italy and title of Emperor.

Nantes plundered by the Vikings 
Episode: Viking Invasions
Saling their longboats up the Loire River allowed the Vikings to travel far inland. They reached the city of Nantes which they plundered and killed those who lived there.

Winter  -  Vikings remain over Winter 
Episode: Viking Invasions
Rather than sailing back to Norway the Vikings began to build camps and remain where they were over the Winter months. They chose the island of Noirmoutier off the mouth of the Loire River as their base.

844

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
King of Northumbria killed 
Episode: Viking Invasions
Redwulf, the king of Northumbria, was killed during a Viking raid.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Vikings in Ireland 
The Vikings captured Forannán, the Abbot of Armagh. Attempts to drive the Vikings out failed and the Vikings won a key battle at the fortress on the Rock of Dunamase.

846

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Mael Sechnaill high king of Ireland 
Mael Sechnaill became the high king of Ireland. Died in 862.

849

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Alfred 'the Great' is born 
Alfred was the fifth son of Ethelwulf, King of Wessex.