AD 937: Olaf’s Approach

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Our Brunanburgh: battle for Britain feature in issue 23 details the ferocious battle in the far north against 10th-century Viking invaders.  Olaf Guthfrithsson, King of Dublin, is reputed to have invaded Athelstan’s kingdom with a fleet of 600 ships in AD 937.  The subsequent confrontation between his confederate army of Welsh, Scots, and Norsemen and Athelstan’s Anglo-Saxon host was one of the biggest in Dark Age history.

The map below shows the possible routes taken by this dangerous invader.


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