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
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.
Vikings remain over Winter
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.
King of Northumbria killed
Redwulf, the king of Northumbria, was killed during a Viking raid.
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.
Mael Sechnaill high king of Ireland
Mael Sechnaill became the high king of Ireland. Died in 862.
Alfred 'the Great' is born
Alfred was the fifth son of Ethelwulf, King of Wessex.