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The Battle of Wimbledon (568) - A Bretwalda Battle

The Battle of Wimbledon (568) - A Bretwalda Battle

Автором Oliver Hayes

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The Battle of Wimbledon (568) - A Bretwalda Battle

Автором Oliver Hayes

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47 pages
25 minutes
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Издано:
Jul 14, 2012
ISBN:
9781909099234
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In the chaos that engulfed Britain after the “Age of Arthur”, one battle stands out. This was a key battle fought in the heart of the Dark Ages for control of southern Britain that pitched the King of Kent against the leader of the Romano-Britons. The victory won here decided the fate of Britain for a generation.

Fought across what is now built up Wimbledon the battle raged from the ford that carried the Roman road Stane Street over the River Wandle to the defences of Caesar’s Camp on Wimbledon Common. The bloodshed was profuse as thousands of men packed shoulder to shoulder hacked at each other with spear, sword and knife.

In this book historian Oliver Hayes outlines the reasons for the war and gives detailed notes on English weaponry and tactics of the time before describing the events of the battle itself and its aftermath. What has for years been a little-known and poorly understood event in early English history is here described and explained clearly for a general readership.

Contents
Chapter 1 - The Outbreak of War
Chapter 2 - The March to Wimbledon
Chapter 3 - The Commanders and Armies
Chapter 4 - The Battle of Wimbledon
Chapter 5 - The Aftermath
Chapter 6 - A Note on Dates, Place names and Sources

About the Author
Oliver Hayes is a student of military history who has written a number of books and articles on military subjects. His training and background is in Dark Age History.

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Oliver Hayes studied the Dark Ages and early Medieval periods. He has since earned a living in publishing and is now writing freelance to bring some of his research to press in an entertaining and user-friendly format.

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The Battle of Wimbledon (568) - A Bretwalda Battle - Oliver Hayes

Bretwalda Battles

The Wars of the English Kingdoms

The Battle of Wimbledon (568)

by

Oliver Hayes

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Published by Bretwalda Books at Smashwords

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First Published 2012

Copyright © Bretwalda Books 2012

Oliver Hayes asserts his moral rights to be regarded as the author of this work.

ISBN 978-1-909099-23-4

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Contents

Chapter 1 - The Outbreak of War

Chapter 2 - The March to Wimbledon

Chapter 3 - The Commanders and Armies

Chapter 4 - The Battle of Wimbledon

Chapter 5 - The Aftermath

Chapter 6 - A Note on Dates, Place names and Sources

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Chapter 1

The Outbreak of War

The Battle of Wimbledon is something of a mystery. We cannot be certain of either the precise site nor the exact date of the battle. But we do know that it was a landmark battle fought between the two most powerful rulers in Britain for control of the island. The winner of the savage struggle fought here would rule Britain for the next 20 years. If much about the battle is obscure, the importance of the result is startlingly clear. Put simply this was one of the most decisive battles fought in 6th century Britain.

The 200 years or so of British history after the Roman Empire abandoned the province of Britain to its own devices in 410 have long been known as the Dark Ages - and with good reason. Almost no contemporary written documents have survived from those times. The historian is reliant on documents written much later or hundreds of miles away.

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