Key figures of the period include:
Kings & Queens
- Penda, 625 – 655
King of Mercia, the last English Pagan King, became the most powerful leader of his time.
- Wulfhere, 657 – 674
Son of Penda and the first Christian King of Mercia.
- Aethelred, 674 – 704
Second son of panda, succeeds his brother to the throne of Mercia.
- King Offa of Mercia, 757
Became the most powerful of all rulers, also known as King of all the English
- The Lady of the Mercians – Aethelflaed, 913
The daughter of King Alfred the Great, known as The Lady of the Mercians.
- Aethelstan, 924
Nephew to Aethelflaed.
Sister of Aethelstan, married Danish leader Sihtric in 925AD.