Alfred the Great
The "wise elf" of Anglo-Saxon England...
Alfred the Great, was King of Wessex from 871 to 899. Alfred is noted for his defence of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of southern England against the Vikings, becoming the only English king to be accorded the epithet “the Great”. Alfred was the first King of the West Saxons to style himself “King of the Anglo-Saxons”.
King Æthelred I- 837–871 was King of Wessex from 865 to 871. In his 1st yr. a great Viking army arrived and destroyed Northumbria and East Anglia. In 868 Æthelred's brother-in-law, Burgred king of Mercia, appealed to him for help against the Vikings.In 870 the Vikings turned their attention to Wessex, and on 4 January 871 at the Battle of Reading, Æthelred suffered a defeat. Æthelred is a important figure in the first Alfred game at- www.redkinggames.com
Viking longboat, illuminated manuscript. In Norse mythology, for instance, “Nidhogg (“tearer of corpses”) is a monstrous serpent that gnaws almost perpetually at the deepest root of the World Tree Yggdrasil, threatening to destroy it. Nidhogg (also) lies on Nastrond in Niflheim and eats corpses to sustain itself.” Source: Encyclopedia Mythica
Edward the Elder, 899-924. Though overshadowed by his father Alfred and upstaged by his son Athelstan, it was Edward who reconquered much of England from the Danes (909-919), permanently united Mercia with Wessex (918-919), established an administration for the kingdom of England, and secured the allegiance of Danes, Scots, Britons, and English