The suspect recording of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

This counter-history of the 9th century tale of King Alfred and the Viking Danes is based upon the content of a 300 word peace treaty, believed to have been written shortly after the confrontation between Alfred and Guthrum (mis-spelt by the Wessex scribe) at Ethandune in 878. The two leaders agreed to divide the lands under their control using the line of Watling Street Рa Roman road. The map shows how this divided the land equally.

However, in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (believed to have been compiled under Alfred’s supervision) the ‘fight’ at Ethandune ends somewhat inconclusively and with much magnanimity on Alfred’s part. The true validity of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is thereby called into serious question; is it at all likely that Alfred would have agreed to an equal division of lands if he had been so successful?

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