kingdom of Middle Angles

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In Book 1 of his Ecclesiastical History Bede includes the Middle Angles among the major peoples of Anglo‐Saxon England, but the only known king of the whole Middle Angles is Peada of Mercia. It was during his rulership that the Middle Angles were officially converted to Christianity through a mission from Northumbria. The lack of any corporate history before their domination by Mercia had led some historians to doubt whether the Middle Angles had any prior political unity and to see them instead as a Mercian administrative creation.

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