Wednesday 5th August 2015
On this day in 642, pagan king Penda of Mercia defeated and killed Christian king Oswald of Northumbria at the Battle of Maserfield.
Oswald’s brother, Oswiu, restored Christian Northumbria in 655 at the Battle of the Winwæd. Oswald was soon venerated as a saint, and his Feast day is today.
On this day in 910, the last major Danish army to raid England was defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by
King Edward the Elder of Wessex, and Earl Aethelred of Mercia.
On this day in 1100, Henry I was crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey. Henry was the son of
William the Conqueror; his Queen was Matilda (baptised Edith) of Scotland, daughter of King Malcolm III of Scotland his wife, St Margaret.
On this day in 1305 William Wallace, a heroic Scottish campaigner for independence, was captured near Glasgow
by the English and transported to London, where he was tried and sentenced to death.
On this day in 1824, Constantine Kanaris led a Greek fleet to victory against Ottoman and Egyptian ships in the Battle of Samos,
part of the eventually successful bid for Greek independence.