NIGHTBRINGER | The Arthurian Encyclopedia

Trent River

A river in central England that flows through the Midlands and Northern England.

In the Alliterative Morte Arthure, it was the site of the climactic battle between Arthur and Mordred, which other texts place at Salisbury or Camlann.

According to Malory, in the early days of King Arthur’s reign, most of his enemies lay north of the Trent River. Sir Brastias was appointed warden and was given the job of watching over this area.

Trent River Region | 0 to 9th century AD

Roman Period | 1st century BC – 5th century AD
The River Trent was known as Trisantona in Roman times and was considered an important waterway. The Romans established several forts and settlements along its banks, including notable locations like Segelocum (Littleborough) and Ad Pontem (East Stoke). The river played a vital role in Roman transportation and trade.

Anglo-Saxon Period | 5th – 9th centuries
With the decline of Roman influence and the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons, the region along the Trent River became part of the Kingdom of Mercia, one of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in England. The river’s strategic location made it a center of power and trade.

Viking Invasions and Danelaw | 8th – 9th centuries
The eighth and ninth centuries saw Viking invasions in various parts of England, including areas near the river Trent. These invasions led to conflicts and power struggles in the region.

The Treaty of Wedmore in the late ninth century established the Danelaw, a division of England that recognized Viking rule in certain areas. Parts of the East Midlands, including regions along the Trent, fell under the Danelaw’s jurisdiction.

Alliterative Morte Arthure | c. 1400
Le Morte Darthur | Sir Thomas Malory, 1469-1470