of the meeting place known as Egbert's Stone. Here, after a number of months
in the marshes at Athelney, Alfred the Great rallied his men together to
defeat Guthrum at the Battle of Edington in May 878.
shield wall. Used to great effect against the Vikings. This technique was
first used by Alfred the Great but copied originally from the Romans. Harold
II used it in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 as protection from flying
arrows. Unfortunately, he forgot about himself.
view of the shield wall and the Vikings about to do battle.
spears protruding through the shield wall made it very difficult to attack
Attacking the shield wall attempting to break down its Integrity.
Saxon shield wall still intact after the initial onslaught by the Vikings
( if somewhat
final attempt by Guthrum and his men to break the shield wall. He was unsuccessful
and was defeated by Alfred.