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Simulation 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.

 


 
Saxon 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.

 


 
A distant view of the shield wall and the Vikings about to do battle.

 


 
Saxon spears protruding through the shield wall made it very difficult to attack them.

 


 
Vikings Attacking the shield wall attempting to break down its Integrity.

 


 
The Saxon shield wall still intact after the initial onslaught by the Vikings .
( if somewhat smaller ).

 


 
The final attempt by Guthrum and his men to break the shield wall. He was unsuccessful and was defeated by Alfred.

 

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