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King Arthur ambushes an advancing Saxon
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King Arthurís twelfth and last victory against the Saxons
The Iron Age Hill fort known as
The Battle of Badon Hill (Celtic name Mynydd Baddon is an obscure battle which probably took place in
what is now
It was fought between the Celts led by a charismatic war leader that may have been King Arthur and the invading Saxons led by the warrior King Aelle who took Pevensey from the Celts in 491 and went on to found the South Saxon Kingdom which would now correspond to the English county of Sussex.
Nennius writing circa 800 CE records:-
The twelfth battle was on Badon Hill and on which fell 960 men from one charge by Arthur; and no-one struck them struck them down save Arthur himself.
Gildas writing circa† 540 CE also mentions the battle and says that it was a siege which indicates a fortified hill.
location of the battlefield is not known, but it may have been near Badbury in Wiltshire,. There is an
ancient iron age earthwork fort now called
While the details of the battle are largely lost, historical evidence indicates that, when Aelle led a Saxon army west from his kindgom on a raid into Celtic held territory, he was ambushed by Arthur's smaller force.
When Arthur's troops sprang their ambush on the Saxon army, they pulled into a rough shieldwall along the roadway and fought desperately until sundown, when Aelle withdrew his battered troops to a nearby hilltop under cover of darkness.
In the morning, Arthur's troops were rested and had eaten. By contrast, the Saxons had spent the night on a steep, exposed hilltop without water or firewood. Rather than starve out the trapped Saxons, Arthur apparently chose to sweep them off the hilltop. At first light, the Britons started a series of charges up the hill.
Both sides engaged in a fierce battle for most of the second day, with the Celts charging up the steep hill and the Saxons countercharging down it. However, the battle ended near sundown when Arthur personally led a cavalry charge up the steep slope and broke the Saxon shieldwall, then rode down the fleeing Saxons until it was too dark to continue.
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