|The Norse leader,
King Harald, sent his
weaker troops forward along near the ford. This was marshy ground so
progress would be slow, but retreat would be equally difficult.
attacked at the ford with initial success. This drew the English from
their high ground into the marshy land at the ford where the fighting bogged down.
King Harald allows Earl Morcar
to advance. The English defenders gradually come off their secure bank
and go down into the ford.
On the English left flank the Norse
make no progress as the ditch is easy to defend.
Light casualties leave the battle and limp back towards York, 1½
As the Norse sagas put it 'The
banner of Earl Morcar advanced bravely'. But King Harald had laid