Æthelred of Mercia
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Who is Æthelred of Mercia?
æthelred Of Mercia a.k.a. Æthelred of Mercia: Æthelred was King of Mercia from 675 until 704. He was the son of Penda of Mercia and came to the throne in 675, when his brother, Wulfhere of Mercia, died. Within a year of his accession he invaded Kent, where his armies destroyed the city of Rochester. In 679 he defeated his brother-in-law, Ecgfrith of Northumbria, at the Battle of the Trent: the battle was a major setback for the Northumbrians, and effectively ended their military involvement in English affairs south of the Humber. It also permanently returned the kingdom of Lindsey to Mercia's possession. However, Æthelred was unable to re-establish his predecessors' domination of southern Britain.
- child of Penda of Mercia
- ethnicity: Anglo-Saxons
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- died on (1360 years ago) in Bardney
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