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From 793 to 1066 England was terrorised by Viking warriors These were people from Scandinavia especially Danmark and Norway Scandinavia at the time had a growing population and with inland areas inhospitable the vikngs looked overseas for new territories and wealth In the year 793 the pagans from the north came to Britain like stinging hornets wrote an early Saxon chronicler about the first Viking raid on England The Vikings had struck a small costal monastery killed and pillaged This was the frist blow in a mighty struggle between the Vikings and England whch ended with The Battle Of Hastings in 1066 For the next 40 years however there was peace The Vikings had been preparing for a full-scale invasion and from 835 onwards hardly a year went by without a raid being reported to the Saxon chronicles In 851 the Vikngs first wintered in England and in 856 forced England to pay its first Danegald or tribute In 867 3 famous sons of ragnar hairy-Breeches Ivar the the boneless Ubbi and Halfdan landed in East Anglia marched across country seized York and settled in Northumbria By 871 the Vikings had overrun the north of England and were preparing to invade the Saxon stronghold Wessex This was the first time they had come face-to-face with the Saxon Prince Alfred Although only second in command Alfred led the Saxons to victory Later that year Alfred became King Alfred and within months was on the battle fields once again This time however he was defeated at Wilton and forced to pay a tribute After this the Vikngs split in two One group under the leadership of halfdan went and settled in northumbria the remaing under Guthrum settled in South Cambridge and waited for another chance to invade Wessex In 875 Alfred went to sea with a small naval force and on the south coast of Wessex met 7 Viking longships and
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