The site of the Battle of Maldon

The Battle of Maldon took place on 11 August 991 AD near Maldon beside the River Blackwater in Essex, opposite Northey Island.

A number of Viking ships sailed up the River Blackwater, then called the Panta, and anchored at Northey Island which was separated from the mainland by a tidal causeway.

When the tide receded, the Vikings were given permission to cross over the causeway and form up for battle.

As the fight began, many of the Anglo-Saxon troops fled the scene, resulting in a Viking victory.

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