Battle of Leuven (891)
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|Battle of Leuven|
|(Danish) Vikings||(Eastern) Franks|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Arnulf of Carinthia|
The Battle of Leuven was fought in September 891 between the Franks and the Vikings, essentially ending the Viking invasions in the Low countries. The existence of this battle is known due to the Annales Fuldenses.
The Frankish force was led by Arnulf of Carinthia. The Franks successfully repelled the Viking assault and it is reported that the bodies of dead Northmen blocked the run of the river (ita ut cadaveribus interceptum alveum amnis siccum appareret).
After the success, Arnulf built a castle on a small island in the Dijle River.
The battle is also mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
- The Annals of Fulda. (Manchester Medieval series, Ninth-Century Histories, Volume II.) Reuter, Timothy (trans.) Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1992.
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