‘The invaders arrived, and in order to gain time, Athelstan sent his emissaries to sue for peace. Of these two, one was killed, and the other returned to Athelstan with the news. Athelstan set up his camp in sight of his enemies at Brunenburh. Anlaf disguised himself as a minstrel, and, taking advantage of Athelstan’s love of music, entered the camp to discover Athelstan’s position with the intention of killing him, or taking him prisoner. He played all night to Athelstan, with the princes gathered there, and was given a purse of money for his pains. As he left the camp her buried the purse; perhaps his conscience would not allow him to use it. He was seen by a sentinel who reported it to Athelstan. The sentinel suggested that Athelstan move his tent. The Bishop of Sherborne arrived late and pitched camp in the place recently vacated by Athelstan, and in the night the bishop and his followers were set upon and killed by Anlaf’s men.
The battle which followed raged over two days. Many chieftains and princes were killed on the battlefield. The enemy eventually withdrew to their boats to return to their own lands’.
Heysham - a History, Dent, Eileen J., 1997