Shelfari edited the description of Alfred the Great; Viking Invasion (The Ambrose Series) Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
The Great Army of the Danes invades Wessex, and, after two sieges, Alfred forces King Guthrum to agree to withdraw. When the leader of the Great Army breaks his word and invades Wessex in early winter, he nearly succeeds in capturing Alfred and destroying the last independent Saxon kingdom in Britain. King Alfred is forced to hide in the forest, until he finds a base deep in the fastness of a marsh. From there, he starts to strike back. He deals with the traitors within, and sends word for his fyrd to gather when winter ends. Spring finds his men rallying to his banner, and Alfred marches to battle. The Danes break, and flee to a fortification. Alfred besieges them. The Viking king not only agrees to surrender, but asks to be made a Christian. Britain is saved.