Penda of Mercia

Penda 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 he defeated and killed Edwin's eventual successor, Oswald, at the Battle of Maserfield, he defeated the East Angles and drove Cenwalh the king of Wessex into exile for three years. He continued to wage war against the Bernicians of Northumbria. Thirteen years after Maserfield, he suffered a crushing defeat by Oswald's successor and brother Oswiu, was killed at the Battle of the Winwaed in the course of a final campaign against the Bernicians; the source for Penda's life which can most securely be called the earliest, and, the most detailed, is Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Penda appears prominently in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, whose sources and so reliability for this period are unclear, in the early ninth-century Historia Brittonum, which adds a little more reliable information to Bede's account.

He seems to be mentioned, as Panna ap Pyd, in the seventh-century Welsh praise-poem Marwnad Cynddylan, which says of Cynddylan:'pan fynivys mab pyd mor fu parawd'. Penda and his family seem to have given their names to a number of places in the West Midlands, including Pinbury and Pinvin; the etymology of the name Penda is unknown. Penda of Mercia is the only person recorded in the comprehensive Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England with this name. Suggestions for etymologies of the name are divided between a Celtic and a Germanic origin; the names of members of a Northumbrian brotherhood are recorded in the ninth-century Liber vitae Dunelmensis. John T. Koch noted that, "Penda and a number of other royal names from early Anglian Mercia have more obvious Brythonic than German explanations, though they do not correspond to known Welsh names." These royal names include those of Penda's father Pybba, of his son Peada. It has been suggested that the firm alliance between Penda and various British princes might be the result of a "racial cause."Continental Germanic comparanda for the name include a feminine Penta and a toponym Penti-lingen, suggesting an underlying personal name Pendi.

Penda was a son of Pybba of Mercia and said to be an Icling, with a lineage purportedly extending back to Wōden. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle gives his descent as follows: Penda was Pybba's offspring, Pybba was Cryda's offspring, Cryda Cynewald's offspring, Cynewald Cnebba's offspring, Cnebba Icel's offspring, Icel Eomer's offspring, Eomer Angeltheow's offspring, Angeltheow Offa's offspring, Offa Wermund's offspring, Wermund Wihtlæg's offspring, Wihtlæg Woden's offspring; the Historia Brittonum says that Pybba had 12 sons, including Penda, but that Penda and Eowa of Mercia were those best known to its author. Besides Eowa, the pedigrees give Penda a brother named Coenwalh from whom two kings were said to descend, although this may instead represent his brother-in-law Cenwalh of Wessex; the time at which Penda became king is uncertain. Another Mercian king, Cearl, is mentioned by Bede as ruling at the same time as the Northumbrian king Æthelfrith, in the early part of the 7th century. Whether Penda succeeded Cearl is unknown, it is unclear whether they were related, if so how closely.

It is possible that Cearl and Penda were dynastic rivals. According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Penda became king in 626, ruled for 30 years, was 50 years old at the time of his accession; that he ruled for 30 years should not be taken as an exact figure, since the same source says he died in 655, which would not correspond to the year given for the beginning of his reign unless he died in the thirtieth year of his reign. Furthermore, that Penda was 50 years old at the beginning of his reign is doubted by historians because of the ages of his children; the idea that Penda, at about 80 years of age, would have left behind children who were still young has been considered implausible. The possibility has been suggested that the Chronicle meant to say that Penda was 50 years old at the time of his death, therefore about 20 in 626. Bede, in his Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, says of Penda that he was "a most warlike man of the royal race of the Mercians" and that, following Edwin of Northumbria's defeat in 633, he ruled the Mercians for 22 years with varying fortune.

The noted 20th-century historian Frank Stenton was of the opinion that the language used by Bede "leaves no doubt that... Penda, though descended from the royal family of the Mercians, only became their king after Edwin's defeat"; the Historia Brittonum accords Penda a reign of only ten years dating it from the time of the Battle of Maserfield around 642, although according to the accepted chronology this would still be more

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