Frequent question: Was London occupied by Vikings?

Was London sacked by Vikings?

Disaster struck London in AD 842 when the Danish Vikings looted London. They returned in AD 851 and this time they burned a large part of the town. In 1871, King Alfred the Great became ruler of the southern kingdom of Wessex – the only Anglo-Saxon kingdom to at that time remain independent from the invading Danes.

Did the Danes conquer London?

The Danes did not have it all their own way. In 1014 they were occupying the city when a large force of Anglo-Saxons and Norwegian Vikings sailed up the Thames to attack London. The Danes lined London Bridge and showered the attackers with spears.

Who is the most famous Viking in history?

10 of the Most Famous Vikings

  • Erik the Red. Erik the Red, also known as Erik the Great, is a figure who embodies the Vikings’ bloodthirsty reputation more completely than most. …
  • Leif Erikson. …
  • Freydís Eiríksdóttir. …
  • Ragnar Lothbrok. …
  • Bjorn Ironside. …
  • Gunnar Hamundarson. …
  • Ivar the Boneless. …
  • Eric Bloodaxe.
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