Guthrum the Great's Great Matter
His army had conquered Mercia, now Guthrum had to decide if he should consolidate his gains or go South and continue to raid and conquer Wessex? Especially since half the army was going north with Halfdan. Alfred the Great was a canny leader and even the surprise attack his advisors where telling him might not finish him off.
Would it be the worst thing to dig in and wait for an opportunity- there was plenty of pleasures and taxes to be had in the lands he held now or attack and plunder now? The Shamans said the magic and fortunes where finally balanced.
A weighty choice indeed.
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