Oswald of Northumbria

604 - 642

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Oswald (Old English pronunciation: [ˈoːzwɑɫd]; c 604 – 5 August 641/642) was King of Northumbria from 634 until his death, and is venerated as a saint, of whom there was a particular cult in the Middle Ages.Oswald was the son of Æthelfrith of Bernicia and came to rule after spending a period in exile. After defeating the Welsh ruler Cadwallon ap Cadfan, Oswald brought the two Northumbrian kingdoms of Bernicia and Deira once again under a single ruler, and promoted the spread of Christianity in Northumbria. He was given a strongly positive assessment by the historian Bede, writing a little less than a century after Oswald's death, who regarded Oswald as a saintly king; it is also Bede who is the main source for present-day historical knowledge of Oswald. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oswald of Northumbria has received more than 465,573 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Oswald of Northumbria is the 1,208th most popular religious figure (down from 1,147th in 2019), the 1,491st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,406th in 2019) and the 38th most popular British Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Oswald of Northumbria ranks 1,208 out of 2,272Before him are Antipope Theodoric, Kevin Farrell, Pietro Gasparri, Shinran, Alfred Loisy, and John IV of Constantinople. After him are Shenoute, Nicholas of Japan, Stephen Harding, Edward Schillebeeckx, Barsanuphius, and Fouad Twal.

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Among people born in 604, Oswald of Northumbria ranks 4Before him are Fatimah, Songtsen Gampo, and Muyeol of Silla.  Among people deceased in 642, Oswald of Northumbria ranks 5Before him are Khalid ibn al-Walid, Bilal ibn Rabah, Pope John IV, and Tulga. After him are Yeongnyu of Goguryeo, Cynegils, and Domnall Brecc.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Oswald of Northumbria ranks 1,491 out of 6,924Before him are Martin Lowry (1874), Peter Collins (1931), Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone (1883), Brenda Blethyn (1946), Anthony Trollope (1815), and Henry More (1614). After him are Joseph Bell (1837), Arthur Rackham (1867), John Collier (1850), Stephen Harding (1059), Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge (1774), and Herbert Kilpin (1870).

Among RELIGIOUS FIGURES In United Kingdom

Among religious figures born in United Kingdom, Oswald of Northumbria ranks 38Before him are Roger Deakins (1949), Gildas (500), Keith O'Brien (1938), John Nelson Darby (1800), Julian of Norwich (1342), and Reginald Pole (1500). After him are Stephen Harding (1059), Cuthbert (635), Rafael Merry del Val (1865), Stephen Langton (1150), John Smyth (1570), and Dunstan (909).