Thus a roaming band of Hiberno-Norse found them selves on the shores of England fighting the huscarls and picked men of the aethling prince Aethlstan of East Anglia.
|The battle occurred in a village built next to the apparently bottomless and unfordable pond.|
The Hiberno-Norse leader Ua Reilley splits his forces. His elite hird men flank left, his warlord, berserkers and lesser warriors go right. It must have been an auspicious day for the pagan Anglo-Danish forces. The land itself seemed to sap the Norsemen of their vigor and will. Fatigue points began to stack up and troops failed to move.
Finally the Ua Reilley's berserkers had enough and charged forth, leaving their comrades far behind. The Anglo-Danish mounted contingent had been waiting for this chance and rush forward to meet the enemy. In a close battle three beserkers were cut down, but the last lashed and out and brought down a horse and rider while the Anglo-Danes retreated from the advancing viking throng.
|The last berserker rejoins his comrades as the rude Anglo-Danish welcome jarred him from his frenzy|
|Ua Reilley's picked men attempt to end the battle by cutting their way through to Aethelstan|
|The Vikings recoiling from the Anglo-Danish shield wall.|
The Anglo-Danes rally behind Aethelstan's charge and cut the remaining Vikings hirdmen down, leaving only one to flee.
|Lone Viking hirdmen exercises the better part of valor.|
On the right Ua Reilley attempted to retrieve the situation and led one of his warrior bands against Anglo-Danes. Viking fatigue was again decisive and their sluggish attacks served only to weaken the warband further. The warriors are thrown back by 8 stalwart huscarls, who lose only one of their number in the process. The retreat left open Ua Reilley himself and although the great warlord manages to cut cleave through shield and mail to fell three of his assailants, the Norse chieftain falls surrounded and cut off from his men.
|Ua Reilley (flag standard at right) falls to the press of Anglo-Dane huscarls|