Just been doing a bit to my version of the Battle of Tettenhall in AD 911 for my kiddies' book, that's the one where a combined West Saxon and Mercian army defeated a Norse host, basically because I've had an access of inspiration for how to end it... and this happens.
Just what is the likelihood that a Pagan Norseman would ask for quarter when King Eowils is dead ( or anyhow lost in all that smoke from the barley-stubble set alight by the fire arrows) and his comrades are taking to their heels or thinking about it? And how likely would his Christian Mercian or Saxon opposite number let him live, anyway?
Now I come to think of it, in the light of the harrying this host did before Lord Athelred and King Edward the Elder brought it to battle, I'm guessing there'd be too much hot blood on the Christians' ( especially the Mercians') part and any Norseman too slow or too proud to leg it would be fighting for his life.
An added complication is the presence of Half Danes or indeed ethnic Angles in the Norse ranks. Not many maybe, though I'm using their presence to explain what went wrong for Eowils. But, again, what with hot blood, the tension of battle and ( in my portrayal) hearthtroopers and mounted skirmishers anxious to make sure Eowils isn't getting away, I wonder how far an Angle pressed into fighting for a Norse jarl, Half-Danes suddenly eager to pretend that they were, and anyone else going down with the willies who reckoned their English was good enough, would get anyway?
( "H-, hey guys! I'm on your side really!")