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Offa

(d. 796) king of the Mercians


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Son of king Sigehere, may have been associated in the kingship with his kinsmen Sigeheard and Swaefred before their deaths. Bede wrote of him with great enthusiasm: ‘a youth so lovable and handsome that the whole race longed for him to have and to hold the sceptre.’ But c.709 he abdicated, left his wife, and journeyed to Rome with Cenred, king of the Mercians, ‘and ended his life in a monk's habit’.

Subjects: British History.


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