Battle of Woden's Burg (592)
|Battle of Woden's Burg (592)|
|Part of the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain|
|Commanders and leaders|
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records a battle fought in the year 592 at Woden's Burg, the neolithic long barrow now known as Adam's Grave, near Marlborough, Wiltshire. The year entry states: "Her micel wælfill wæs æt Woddes beorge, 7 Ceawlin wæs ut adrifen." (There was great slaughter at Woden's hill, and Ceawlin was driven out.)
Ceawlin was king of Anglo-Saxon Wessex. In most versions of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle the entry does not record the identity of the force opposing Ceawlin but one version, Manuscript E, says they were Britons. Yorke, however, says the opponent was Ceol, Ceawlin's nephew. Ceawlin is recorded as dying the following year and was succeeded by Ceol; his son Cuthwine went into exile.
- ...7 mycel wæl gewearð on Brytene þes geares æt Wodnesbeorge, 7 Ceawlin wæs ut adrifen. (... and great slaughter was there of the British that year at Wodnesbeorge, and Ceawlin was driven out.) http://asc.jebbo.co.uk/e/e-L.html
- Yorke, Barbara (1990). Kings and Kingdoms of Early Anglo-Saxon England. London: Seaby. ISBN 1-85264-027-8.