By Ryan Lavelle
The defence of the 9th-century state of Wessex less than King Alfred opposed to the 'Great Viking military' is likely one of the significant army achievements of Early Medieval historical past. whereas the guerrilla war within the Somerset marshes and the conflict of Edington are attribute of Alfred's army talents, his definitive actual success used to be a sequence of a few 30 well-structured fortifications (known as burhs) around the nation. a lot of those fortifications continue to exist to today and a few have been even strengthened to face as much as German tanks within the anticipated invasion of 1940. This name describes their beginnings within the turbulent early years of Alfred's reign in addition to their next improvement and use.