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Ragnar Lothbrok or Lodbrok, (Leather Britches), was the most famous viking of his day. One was called Ubba, and the other was known as Ivar the Boneless."Boneless" probably refers to the snake, a creature thought to be full of cunning and fearless in battle.Rather than return home with Edmund's payoff, as they had done in the past, the Danes stayed put and would proceed to move against other parts of Britain.Having spent 865/866 in East Anglia, the viking force marched north from East Anglia, took York and thus conquered Northumbria. The brilliant cultural life of the north, the schools, libraries, churches and minsters were all destroyed.The Anglo Saxon Chronicle said that these Danes took winter quarters in East Anglia: "And the same year a great raiding army came to the land of the English and took winter quarters in East Anglia and were provided with horses there, and they made peace with them".According to Aethelweard writing 100 years later, the Danish leader was Igwar or Ivar, one of the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok.
From York the Great Army of the Danes marched back into East Anglia, but this time they attacked Thetford.This first attack may have taken place at Harwich, and the area around was possibly held by the Danish army for their winter stronghold, both for ships and men.The name Harwich itself could derive from Here Wic, or Army Port.That description came from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, version A, written between 877 and 899, and is the first record of the death of King Edmund, later to be called St Edmund, King and Martyr.A note to the Canterbury Version F of the Chronicles, adds that the Danish head men who slew the King were Ingware (Ivar the Boneless) and Ubba.