The Saxons adopted it as the capital of the Kingdom of Wessex and re-used the earlier defences to create a vast fortified burh. In 676 the Bishop of Wessex moved his seat to Winchester and the Old Minster became a cathedral. Winchester Castle was built shortly after the Norman Conquest and it played important roles during the Anarchy and seventeenth century Civil War. Siege of Winchester was an event which occurred in The Saxon Stories novel series, and The Last Kingdom television series.. Winchester was the Norman capital as it had been of the Saxons, so The Treasury was there at that time. Winchester was an important Roman town that was fortified in the second century AD. Thrones of Britannia is back on the channel with this EPIC Viking Siege OF Winchester as we pit the Welsh and The New Sea Vikings against one another. So there was the strange situation of an army in Wolvesey Castle, under siege from an army in the town, under siege from another army outside the walls! He lands in Wales, routs King Hywel, rescues Brida, leads a warband to Wessex and ahistorically seizes Winchester – left undefended while Edward interfered in the Mercian succession. The Book, an account of all the holdings of England down to the plough, the ox and the ass, was an extremely important document. In 825, his father, King Egbert, defeated King Beornwulf of Mercia, ending a long Mercian dominance over Anglo-Saxon England south of the Humber.Egbert sent Æthelwulf with an army to Kent, where he expelled the Mercian sub-king and was himself appointed sub-king. Alfred the Great (848/9 – 26 October 899) was king of Wessex from 871 to c. 886 and king of the Anglo-Saxons from c. 886 to 899. By May 1141 John can be found with Matilda and according to William Marshall’s biography saved the empress from capture that August during the rout of Winchester when Matilda’s siege … The siege had occurred in 878, when the Dane army, led by Guthrum and Ragnar the Younger, assaulted and sacked the capitol of Wessex, Winchester.They killed thousands of civilians and forced King Alfred to flee to the Somerset marshlands. Æthelwulf (/ ˈ ɛ θ əl w ʊ l f /; Old English for "Noble Wolf"; died 13 January 858) was King of Wessex from 839 to 858. The Kingdom of Wessex, also known as the Second Kingdom of Wessex or simply Wessex, is a medium-sized monarchy in the southern English region on the island of Albion.It shares a border with Jórvík to the east, and with Gwynnedd to the northwest.. Wessex is divided into 21 counties. He was the youngest son of King Æthelwulf of Wessex.His father died when he was young, and three of Alfred's brothers, Æthelbald, Æthelberht and Æthelred, reigned in …