Battle of Ashingdon, 18 October 1016
Cnut, king of Denmark, heavily defeated Edmund Ironside, king of England. Edmund was forced to partition the country, giving the north to Cnut. However, Ironside was killed before the agreement came into force, and Cnut became king of England. For a brief period, England was thus part of a larger Scandinavian kingdom, but this fell apart after the death of Cnut and the failure of his son Harthacnut.
How to cite this article: Rickard, J. (25 August 2000), Ashingdon, battle of, 18 October 1016, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_ashingdon.html