Rape of Pevensey
Location: Pevensey, Hampshire
Length of Battle: n/a
Battle Size: n/a
Glory Rating: n/a
Castellan, Pevensey (Battle = ?)
Aelle, Saxon king (Battle = 17)
British soldiers: Unknown # of soldiers
Saxons/Rebel nobles: Unknown # of soldiers
Knights of Note
Word arrived that King Aelle had arrived in the south with the intent of a full military campaign. Rather than take his army to meet him, King Uther insisted on dealing with Duke Gorlois. The knights and military of Hampshire were left on their own, and took refuge in their keeps and castles. King Aelle had greater ambitions in mind, though, and besieged the city of Pevensey until he took it. Once inside, the people of Logres knew only misery, violation, and death.
The king celebrated his victory over Cornwall, but it rang hollow to the rest of Logres as tales of the Rape of Pevensey spread throughout the land.
From the book:
More distantly, while Uther was engaged in Cornwall, King Ælle of the South Saxons was reinforced by another contingent of Germans brought over from the continent by his son Cissa. Together they lay siege to the city of Pevensey, and after starving the residents for weeks they assault the walls and slay everyone. Men, women, and children are sacrificed to Wotan, the bloody Saxon war god.
From the apocryphal History of Arthur’s Britain & His Noble Knights by Paul of Monmouth:
The king’s victory over Cornwall rang hollow throughout not just Logres, but the whole realm. Pevensey, defiant for years against the Saxons, was sacked and thoroughly destroyed. Had the king looked south instead of west, then perhaps the people of Pevensey would in their defiance continue to do God, their King, and Logres justice. So it was whispered that now the price for a king’s pride was known.