Anglo Saxon Mercia

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Anglo Saxon Mercia

Mercia was the dominant kingdom of Anglo Saxon England for about 300 years. Controlling the English Midlands south of the River Humber to Wales where the border was defined by Offa's Dyke and incorporating London. A capital was established in Tamworth.

Mercia, originally a pagan kingdom, converted to Christianity in about 656 and the diocese of Lichfield was established in 691.

Many kings of Mercia were Warlords of Anglo Saxon Mercia. For example King Penda was responsible for the deaths of five other kings before he too was killed in battle.

Success in war as well as trade, made Anglo Saxon Mercia wealthy. The extent of this wealth has been highlighted in the Staffordshire Hoard which is the largest hoard of Anglo Saxon gold ever discovered.

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Saints, Structure and Spirituality
Saints, Structure and Spirituality

CHURCHES AND SOCIETY IN ANGLO-SAXON MERCIA

In Anglo Saxons,

The Rise and Fall of the Kingdom of Mercia
The Rise and Fall of the Kingdom of Mercia

In Anglo Saxons,

Religion and Politics in the Kingdom of Mercia
Religion and Politics in the Kingdom of Mercia

THE LANDS OF ST CHAD

In Anglo Saxons,

Opening The Treasure Chest
Opening The Treasure Chest

A PERSONAL VIEW OF THE STAFFORDSHIRE HOARD

In Anglo Saxons, Hoard,

Offa's Dyke
Offa's Dyke

A SYMBOL OF KINGSHIP?

In Anglo Saxons,

Locating Another Age
Locating Another Age

PLACE-NAMES IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

In Anglo Saxons,

Beowulf's Mirror
Beowulf's Mirror

REFLECTIONS ON THE STAFFORDSHIRE HOARD

In Anglo Saxons,

The Anglo-Saxon Origins of The West Midlands Shires
The Anglo-Saxon Origins of The West Midlands Shires

In Anglo Saxons,

Books from History West Midlands

Unravelling the mysteries of the Staffordshire Hoard

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Warriors, Warlords and Saints
Warriors, Warlords and Saints
The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia

In John Hunt, Anglo Saxons, Hoard, Staffordshire,

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Beasts, Birds and Gods
Beasts, Birds and Gods
Interpreting the Staffordshire Hoard

In Chris Fern, George Speake, Anglo Saxons, Hoard,

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