… There’s a peace to come. Thats the Saxons were his true people and the Danes had taken what wasn't theirs to begin with. Probably also realized that to rule as a Dane you needed to be constantly fighting and be the strongest, to be number 1, whereas with Alfred there was the rule of law. Although, it’s not clear what’s happening in Wales after the Danes left there to take Winchester. They began to take long voyages across the open sea instead of confining themselves to coasting operations; and when they did so they found they could go where they liked, because with their improved seamanship they developed naval tactics before which western fleets were powerless. The Danes were a North Germanic tribe inhabiting southern Scandinavia, including the area now comprising Denmark proper, and the Scanian provinces of modern southern Sweden, during the Nordic Iron Age and the Viking Age.They founded what became the Kingdom of Denmark.The name of their realm is believed to mean "Danish March", viz. Denmark (Danes) The Danes, or Dene, were part of a Scandinavian tribal collective which suffered divisions in the fourth and fifth centuries. Did the Vikings invade Wessex? "the march of the Danes" in Old Low German, referring to … In 991 AD the Danes acquired 4,500 kg of silver in return for going home. By 1012, payments to the Danes, known as 'Danegeld', had increased to 22,000 kg. The Vikings first attacked Wessex in the year 851, after defeating King Beorhtwulf of Mercia in battle. Edward cannot take back the fortified city of Winchester, in Wessex, and becomes increasingly desperate. The last episode was set 30 days after the siege of Winchester, as Viking warlord Sigtryggr (Eysteinn Sigurðarson) had teamed up with Brida (Emily Cox) to take over the Saxon kingdom. He was the elder son of Alfred the Great and his wife Ealhswith.When Edward succeeded to the throne, he had to defeat a challenge from his cousin Æthelwold, who had a strong claim to the throne as the son of Alfred's elder brother and predecessor, Æthelred. At one point, he is prepared to set Winchester on fire in order to get Wessex back. Edward the Elder (c. 874 – 17 July 924) was King of the Anglo-Saxons from 899 until his death.