"Dark Age" Timeline

Anglo Saxons and Vikings in England


Timeline: 410AD – 1066AD

  • 1066 The Battle of Hastings

    (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hastings) The Battle of Hastings was fought on 14 October 1066 between the Norman-French army of Duke William II of Normandy and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold ...
  • 1066 Battle of Stamford Bridge

    From Wikipedia: The Battle of Stamford Bridge took place at the village of Stamford Bridge, East Riding of Yorkshire in England on 25 September 1066, between an English army under King ...
  • 1066 Battle of Fulford

    From Wikipedia: The Battle of Fulford took place at the place identified by Symeon of Durham as the village of Fulford[1] near York in England, on 20 September 1066, when King ...
  • 1016 King Cnut rules the Anglo-Scandinavian Empire

    King Cnut (Canute) the Great rules England as part of a larger Scandinavian empire which includes Denmark, Norway and parts of Sweden. He inherited England from his father, Svein Forkbeard, who ...
  • 1013 Sweyne Forkbeard becomes first Viking King of England

    After his first expedition to England, Sweyn was resorted to extracting payment by blackmail as opposed to ravaging English shores. King Ethelred II the Redeless, the weak and ineffectual King ...
  • 1002 St Brice’s Day Massacre

    (from http://archaeology.org/issues/109-1311/features/1421-viking-england-st-brices-day) On November 13, A.D. 1002, Æthelred Unræd, ruler of the English kingdom of Wessex, “ordered slain all the Danish men who were in England,” according to a royal charter. ...
  • 0991 Aethelred pays Danegeld

    (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%86thelred_the_Unready) Æthelred the Unready, or Æthelred II[1][2] (c. 968 – 23 April 1016), was King of England (978–1013 and 1014–1016). He was son of King Edgar and Queen Ælfthryth and ...
  • 0991 The Battle of Maldon

    (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Maldon) The Battle of Maldon took place three weeks before Whitsun in 991 AD near Maldon beside the River Blackwater in Essex, England, during the reign of Aethelred the Unready. ...
  • 0954 End of the Danelaw

    (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danelaw) The peace following the Treaty of Wedmore lasted until 884, when Guthrum again attacked Wessex. Alfred defeated him, with peace codified in the Treaty of Alfred and Guthrum. The ...
  • 0927 “England” becomes one country

    Following the gradual reconquest of the Danelaw (all except York which would stay officially Viking until 954), Athelstan is crowned King of all England. It's the first time that England becomes ...
  • 0911 The Northmen take Normandy

    Normandy takes its name from the Viking invaders who menaced large parts of Europe towards the end of the 1st millennium in two phases (790–930, then 980–1030). They were called ...
  • 0878 Creation of the Danelaw

    (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danelaw) On 23 April 871, King Æthelred died and Alfred succeeded him as King of Wessex. His army was weak and he was forced to pay tribute to Ivar in ...
  • 0865 The Great Army Arrives

    (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danelaw) From around 800, there had been waves of Danish raids on the coastlines of the British Isles. In 865, instead of raiding, the Danes landed a large army in ...
  • 0793 The raid on Lindisfarne

    The first raid in the British Isles by Vikings was on the monastery on the island of Lindisfarne, off the coast of Northumbria. Northmen had appeared at Portland Bay ...
  • 0787 Viking First Contact

    Northmen appeared at Portland Bay in Dorset in 787 and killed the Reeve's man who tried to get them to pay taxes on what he thought were merchant's ships, but ...
  • 0686 All Anglo Saxon Kingdoms now Christian

    In 686 the last Pagan Anglo Saxon King - King Arwald of the Isle of Wight - died. All the Anglo Saxon Kingdoms were now officially Christian, and would ...
  • 0648 The Anglo Saxon Chronicle

    The Anglo Saxon Chronicle is a written record of the Anglo Saxon conquest, settlement and development of England, from the Roman invasion to the latest entries in the 12th Century. The ...
  • 0550 Beowulf’s adventures take place

    Although the manuscript of Beowulf in the British Museum has been scientifically dated to the 11th century, the events it depicts have been historically and archaeologically dated to the mid ...
  • 0449 Anglo Saxons settle in Britain

    According to the "Ecclesiastical History of the English", written by the monk The Venerable Bede in 731AD, this is the year the Anglo Saxons began their settlement of the British ...
  • 0410 The Romans leave Britain

    The Romans finally leave Britain, the abandoned Britons having been told by the Emperor Honorius to "look to their own defences" against invading tribes from Ireland, Scotland, Denmark and Germany. ...