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Year 848 (DCCCXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.



  • Summer – Bordeaux, capital of Aquitaine, falls into the hands of Viking raiders. King Charles the Bald sends a Frankish fleet to lift the siege. Despite destroying some Viking longships on the Dordogne River, they fail to save the city. The Abbey of Saint-Pierre in Brantôme is sacked.
  • Emperor Lothair I, and his (half) brothers Louis the German and Charles the Bald, meet in Koblenz to continue the system of "con-fraternal government".
  • Frankish forces under Count (comté) William of Septimania assume authority over the counties of Barcelona and Empúries (modern Spain).
  • The Saracens conquer Ragusa (Sicily), after its Byzantine garrison is forced by severe famine to surrender. The city and its castle are razed to the ground.
  • Britain

  • The armies of Brycheiniog and Gwent clash in the battle of Ffinnant (Wales). King Ithel of Gwent is killed in the fighting (approximate date).
  • Máel Sechnaill mac Maíl Ruanaid, High King of Mide, defeats a Norse Viking army at Sciath Nechtain in Ireland (approximate date).
  • Asia

  • The Chola Dynasty in Southern India starts to rule (approximate date).
  • Religion

  • Pope Leo IV builds (on the opposite of the Tiber River) the Leonine City, a fortified three-kilometre wall that encircles the Vatican Hill and Borgo, to defend Rome.
  • The Roman Catholic church of Santa María del Naranco, on the slope of Monte Naranco (Northern Spain), is completed.
  • Births

  • Alfonso III, king of Asturias (approximate date)
  • Carloman, Frankish abbot (d. 877)
  • Charles the Child, king of Aquitaine (or 847)
  • Lothair the Lame, Frankish abbot (d. 865)
  • Onneca Fortúnez, Basque princess (or 850)
  • Deaths

  • Ali ibn Muhammad, Muslim sultan (b. 827)
  • Cui Yuanshi, chancellor of the Tang Dynasty
  • Drest X, king of the Picts
  • Guo, empress dowager of the Tang Dynasty
  • Ithel, king of Gwent (approximate date)
  • Li Gongzuo, Chinese writer
  • Malik ibn Kaydar, Muslim governor
  • Rechtabhra, bishop of Clonfert
  • Shi Xiong, Chinese general
  • Sunifred, Frankish nobleman
  • Sunyer I, Frankish nobleman
  • William I, duke of Gascony
  • Yahya al-Laithi, Muslim scholar
  • References

    848 Wikipedia

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