Battle of Maserfelth, 5 August 641

Battle, possibly at Oswestry, at which Oswald, king of Northumbria, was defeated and killed by Penda, king of Mercia. Oswald's death at Pagan hands soon transformed him into a saint. Penda's victory established Mercia as the chief English kingdom.
Offa and the Mercian Wars - the Rise & Fall of the First Great English Kingdom, Chris Peers. Looks at the rise and fall of Mercia, the dominant English power of the Eighth Century, first emerging under the pagan Penda, before reaching its greatest power under Offa, one of the greatest of the Anglo-Saxon kings. Does a good job of dealing with the more obscure corners of Mercian history, and tells the interesting story of a kingdom that might have formed the nucleus of a united England (Read Full Review)
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J. (10 September 2000), Battle of Maserfelth, 5 August 641,

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