Offa and the Mercian Wars

The Rise and Fall of the First Great English Kingdom

Chris Peers

Date Published :
October 2012
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
20 to 30 illustrations
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ISBN : 9781848844438
Pages : 256
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ISBN : 9781526711502
Pages : 240
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In England in the eighth century, in the midst of the so-called Dark Ages, Offa ruled Mercia, one of the strongest Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. For over 30 years he was the dominant warlord in the territory south of the Humber and the driving force behind the expansion of Mercia's power. During that turbulent period he commanded Mercian armies in their struggle against the neighboring kingdoms of Northumbria and Wessex and against the Welsh tribes. Yet the true story of Offa's long reign and of the rise and fall of Mercia are little known although this is one of the most intriguing episodes in this little-recorded phase of England's past. It is Chris Peers's task in this new study to uncover the facts about Offa and the other Mercian kings and to set them in the context of English history before the coming of the Danes.

About The Author

Chris Peers is an author and a historian.


"an excellent look at life in Anglo-Saxon times, and at an overlooked but very important ruler"

- NYMAS, February 2014

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