March 21, 867: Kings Osberht and Ælle killed trying to retake York from the Vikings
|A poorly-struck copper coin of King Osberht; the legend reads OSBERCHT RE.
The Chronicle again: "In this year the army [the Vikings] went from East Anglia to Northumbria, across the mouth of the Humber to York. There was a great conflict within that people: they had deposed their king Osberht and taken on a king not of the right line, Ælle, and it was only late in the year that they came to themselves and resolved to fight against the Vikings. And they gathered a large army and went up against the Vikings at York and broke into the city, and some got inside, and there was a huge slaughter of the Northumbrians, some within the city and some without, and both kings were slain, and the survivors made peace with the Vikings."
We know nothing more of Ælle, and of Osberht only that his name is the last to appear on the sequence of debased copper coins that were used in Northumbria in the ninth century.
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