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Coordinates: 52°28′30″N 0°49′30″E / 52.475°N 0.825°E / 52.475; 0.825

Norse sagas recorded a battle at Hringmaraheior; Old English Hringmere-hūō, modern name Ringmere Heath.[1]

The sack of Thetford occurred in 1004. Sigvat records the victory of King Ethelred, allied with Saint Olaf,[2] over the Danes under Sweyn Forkbeard during the latters campaigns in England.

The Battle site was located in lands under the control of Ulfketel, Thane of East Anglia, at a site once thought to be near Wretham,[2] but now thought to be at Rymer in Suffolk.[3] The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle reports that Ulfketel/Ulfcytel and the "councillors in East Anglia" attempted to buy a truce with Swein, but that the Danes broke the truce and marched to Thetford where a part of the East Anglian fyrd engaged them. The Danes managed to escape.

The Battle of Ringmere was fought in 1010; John of Worcester records that the Danes defeated the Saxons. Over a three-month period the Danes wasted East Anglia, burning Thetford and Cambridge.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Stevenson, W. H. (Apr. 1896). "Notes on Old-English Historical Geography". pp. 301–304. Retrieved 20 May 2011 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sturlason, Snorre (2004). Heimskringla or the Lives of the Norse Kings. Kessinger Publishing. p. 225. ISBN 0-7661-8693-8. ; Edited with notes by Erling Monsen
  3. Briggs, Keith (December 2011). "The battle-site and place-name Ringmere". OUP. pp. 491–492. Digital object identifier:10.1093/notesj/gjr151. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 

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