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The River Arun is a river in the southern part of England, primarily flowing through the counties of West Sussex and Surrey.

The town of Arundel is a notable location along the River Arun. It is known for its historic castle, Arundel Castle, which sits prominently overlooking the river.

The river was the site of a battle between Arthur’s forces and the Saxons in the early days of Arthur’s reign.

Arun | 0 to the 9th century AD

Roman Period | 1st – 5th centuries
The Roman occupation of Britain, which began in the first century AD, had a significant impact on the landscape and infrastructure. However, the River Arun itself may not have been a major focus of Roman activities. The Romans built roads, forts, and other structures in the region, but detailed records of their interactions with the river are scarce.

Post-Roman Period | 5th – 9th centuries
With the decline of the Roman influence in the early fifth century, Britain experienced a period of transition and regionalization. This era is often referred to as the Sub-Roman or Early Medieval period. During this time, Anglo-Saxon and possibly other Germanic tribes migrated to and settled in various parts of Britain.

Anglo-Saxon and Early Medieval Period
The River Arun likely played a role in the local economy and transportation during the Anglo-Saxon period. The establishment of settlements along the riverbanks and the use of the river for trade and transportation would have been important aspects of the local communities.

Viking Incursions | 8th – 9th centuries
In the late eighth and early ninth centuries, Viking raids and incursions became a significant concern in many parts of Britain. The River Arun, being a navigable waterway, could have been susceptible to Viking raids, although specific records of such events may not exist.

See also
Roman Empire | The Legend of King Arthur

Vulgate Merlin | 1220-1235