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Surrey is a historic county in the south east of England. It is situated close to London and the River Thames forms part of Surrey’s northern border.

When Mordred seized the throne of England, most of Surrey allied with him.

Surrey | 0 to 9th century AD

Prehistoric Period
Surrey has evidence of human habitation dating back to the Paleolithic era. Various archaeological sites, including flint tools and burial mounds, suggest early settlement in the area.

Roman Occupation | 1st – 5th centuries
During the Roman period, Surrey was part of the Roman province of Britannia. The Romans built roads and settlements in the area, including the settlement of Southwark, which was an important river crossing on the River Thames.

Anglo-Saxon Settlement | 5th – 9th centuries
With the departure of the Romans in the early fifth century, the Anglo-Saxons, a Germanic people, began to settle in the region. Surrey became part of the Kingdom of Kent during the early medieval period.

Viking Invasions and Alfred the Great
The ninth century saw Viking incursions into various parts of England, including Surrey. The Anglo-Saxon King Alfred the Great of Wessex played a significant role in defending England against Viking invasions. Surrey, being in the vicinity of London, experienced some Viking attacks and struggles for control.

Surrey as Part of Wessex
By the end of the ninth century, Surrey was under the rule of the Kingdom of Wessex, a prominent Anglo-Saxon kingdom. Wessex would later become a key part of the unified Kingdom of England.

Le Morte Darthur | Sir Thomas Malory, 1469-1470