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TitleBattles of the Dark Ages
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Table of Contents
                            COVER
CONTENTS
LIST OF  MAPS
	The main battlefields described in this book
	Major kingdoms of Britain during the Dark Ages
	Major towns and roads in the Dark Ages
	The strategic triangle, 496-577
	Alternative reconstructions of the Battle of Deorham by Burne (right) and Smurthwaite (left)
	Degastan as imagined by Guy Halsall
	Alternative reconstructions of the Battle of Dunnichen
	Battle of Ellandun as imagined by Guy Halsall
	Sketchmap of battlefield of Ellandun (after Spicer, 2001)
	Battle of Ashdown 871 (conjectural)
	Battle of Brunanburh as imagined by Guy Halsall
	The Battle of Maldon 991
	Battle of Assingdun 1016 (conjectural)
PREFACE
	A note on Anglo-Saxon names
INTRODUCTION
	The Dark Ages
	How Many Dark Age Battles Were There?
	Dark Age Weapons and Armour
	Battle Tactics
	Did Dark Age Armies Fight on Horseback?
	The Fate of Defeated Opponents
	Battlefield Archaeology
	Visiting Dark Age Battlefields
THE SAXON CONQUEST OF ENGLAND
	The Conquest of Kent
	The Alleluia Battle
	The Conquests of Aelle, Port and Cerdic
	The Road to Deorham
MOUNT BADON AND KING ARTHUR
	What Happened at Badon?
	Dating Mount Badon
	Arthur's Twelve Victories
	The Strife at Camlann
THE BATTLES FOR NORTHERN ENGLAND
	The Battle at Catraeth
	The Battle of Degsastan
	Massacre at Chester
	Good King Edwin
	The Heavenly Field
	Oswald's Tree
	Showdown at Winwaed
DUNNICHEN: DESTINY IN THE NORTH
	Background
	The Name of the Battle
	The Road to Dunnichen
	The Battle
	After the Battle
	The Battlefield
KING ECBERT AND THE VIKINGS
	The Battle of Ellandun
	The First Viking Raids
	The Viking Onslaught
	The End of the Kingdom of East Anglia
THE BATTLES OF KING ALFRED
	Prelude at Englefield
	The Battle of Ashdown
	Stalemate after Ashdown
	From Disaster to Triumph: The Road to Ethandun
	Edington Today
BRUNANBURH: THE GREATEST BATTLE
	Background
	The Sources
	Locating the Battle
SPEARS AS TRIBUTE: THE BATTLE OF MALDON
	Background
	The Site of the Battle
	The Battle
	Maldon Today
	After the Battle
CALAMITY UNDER AETHELRED
	The Battle of Ringmere
	Edmund Ironside
	The Battle of Assingdun
	The Site of Assingdun
GAZETEER OF DARK AGE BATTLES 410--1065
NOTES
REFERENCES
INDEX
                        

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