Guthorm’s Invasion of Wessex:
Terms of the Treaty of Wedmore
Guthorm agreed with Alfred to leave the kingdom of Wessex alone and he gave Alfred men from his army to keep as hostages. If Guthorm broke his promise, Alfred could then kill the hostages. This kind of agreement had been made, and broken, before. But Alfred also wanted Guthorm and his men to accept Christianity. Guthorm agreed, and that too was made a part of the treaty.