900

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Constantine becomes ruler of Scotland 
Constantine claimed the throne of Scotland when Donald II was killed in battle.

Jun 8  -  Coronation of Edward the Elder 
The coronation of Edward the Elder took place at Kingston-upon-Thames.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Aethelwold ruler of Northumbria 
The Danes in Northumbria accepted Aethelwold as their king. Aethelwold needed an army if he was going to take the English throne from King Edward.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Norwegians expelled from Dublin 
Episode: Viking Invasions
The Norse that had occupied Dublin were expelled with nowhere to go. Over the next few years they attacked Wales, Scotland and North West England.

Aethelwold killed 
Athelwold and Eric the Dane were killed in battle when they fought an army of Kentish men who were part of King Edward's army.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
A comet is seen in the skies 
The chronicles report a comet seen in the skies at the end of the year.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Peace with Northumbria 
Episode: Viking Invasions
Edward the Elder managed to agree peace terms with the Danes in Northumbria but friendly relationships were not to last.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Romsey Abbey founded 
According to medieval accounts the abbey for nuns was founded at Romsey by Edward the Elder in this year.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Abbey of Cluny founded 
The abbey of Cluny was founded by William I, Duke of Aquitaine (d.918). The abbey became founding member of a new Order of Monks known as the Cluniacs. All of Cluny's daughter houses sent money back to the abbey and it became very rich.

Aug  -  Battle of Tettenhall 
Episode: Viking Invasions
Edward the Elder of Wessex with help from Aethelred of Mercia defeated Danes from York at the battle of Tettenhall (Wednesfield) in Staffordshire.



 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Rollo founds the Norman Dynasty 
Episode: Viking Invasions
Rollo, in return for land in Northern France, swore allegiance to the French king Charles III. Charles' motives were to use a settled band of Vikings in his country to help prevent more Viking attacks in the future. The hope that Charles may have had of removing the Vikings at a later date proved impossible to implement.

Death of Louis the Child 
The last Carolingian ruler of Germany, Louis the Child or Louis IV, died in this year. He died without an heir . At Forchheim, the higher ranking nobles and religious leaders of the county began the process of electing a new king. They chose Duke Conrad of Franconia as the new leader.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Towns fortified at Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth 
Athelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, built a burh first at Shrewsbury and then at Bridgnorth.The defences were needed to protect the people from the Danes.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Tamworth fortified against the Danes 
Episode: Viking Invasions
Athelflaed, the Lady of the Mercians, fortified the towns of Tamworth and Stafford against attack from the Danes.

914

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Vikings return to Ireland 
Episode: Viking Invasions
Vikings landed at Waterford in Ireland and established a base.

Warwick founded by Athelflaed 
Episode: Viking Invasions
Athelflaed, the Lady of the Mercians, founded the town of Warwick at the important river crossing across the River Avon. The town was fortified againt attack from the Danes.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Battle of Tempsford 
Episode: Viking Invasions
The Danes were defeated at the battle of Tempsford and their leader Guthurm was killed.

 

Events occurring at some time during this year 
Katla Volcano Eruption 
Eruption of the large Icelandic volcano.

 

Jul 17  -  Edward the Elder dies 
Edward the Elder died (at Farndon in Mercia). He was succeeded by his son Athelstan.