Penda of Mercia

606 - 655

Penda of Mercia

Penda (died 15 November 655) was a 7th-century King of Mercia, the Anglo-Saxon kingdom in what is today the English Midlands. A pagan at a time when Christianity was taking hold in many of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, Penda took over the Severn Valley in 628 following the Battle of Cirencester before participating in the defeat of the powerful Northumbrian king Edwin at the Battle of Hatfield Chase in 633.Nine years later, he defeated and killed Edwin's eventual successor, Oswald, at the Battle of Maserfield; from this point he was probably the most powerful of the Anglo-Saxon rulers of the time, laying the foundations for the Mercian supremacy over the Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy. He repeatedly defeated the East Angles and drove Cenwalh the king of Wessex into exile for three years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Penda of Mercia has received more than 277,841 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 5,309th most popular politician.

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Among politicians, Penda of Mercia ranks 5,276 out of 14,801Before him are Mahmud Pasha Angelović, Podalirius, Seleucus V Philometor, Infante Carlos, Count of Montemolin, Christian Michelsen, and Étienne Marcel. After him are Lollia Paulina, Hans Martin Sutermeister, Avigdor Lieberman, Orodes III of Parthia, William V, Duke of Aquitaine, and Sitamun.

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Among people born in 606, Penda of Mercia ranks 2Before him is Chintila. After him are Rothari and Abbad ibn Bishr. Among people deceased in 655, Penda of Mercia ranks 2Before him is Pope Martin I.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Penda of Mercia ranks 1,115 out of 5,347Before him are Steven Gerrard (1980), Louis Lucien Bonaparte (1813), Johannes de Sacrobosco (1195), Kristin Scott Thomas (1960), Lord Randolph Churchill (1849), and Guy Ritchie (1968). After him are Angus Deaton (1945), Dave Evans (1953), Lewis Hamilton (1985), John Kay (1704), Frank Lampard (1978), and John Gay (1685).

Among POLITICIANS In United Kingdom

Among politicians born in United Kingdom, Penda of Mercia ranks 184Before him are George Canning (1770), Æthelbald, King of Wessex (831), Margaret of York (1446), Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (1935), Louis Lucien Bonaparte (1813), and Lord Randolph Churchill (1849). After him are Fletcher Christian (1764), Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset (1506), Spencer Perceval (1762), Prince Philippe, Duke of Orléans (1869), Prince William, Duke of Cumberland (1721), and Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk (1484).