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The agreement made between King Alfred and the Danish leader Guthrum at Wedmore proved a turning‐point in the Danish wars. From their fortified position at Chippenham the Danes had threatened to overrun all Wessex, but Alfred emerged from his refuge at Athelney, inflicted a severe defeat on the Danes at Edington, and forced peace on Guthrum on condition that he would himself accept baptism and that his army would leave Wessex. The Danes kept the substance of the arrangement, moving the army back to Cirencester and ultimately to East Anglia.

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