Mercia was a Midlands Anglo-Saxon Kingdom, operating effectively from about 550 until the Danish invasion put an end to its independent existence in the second half of the 9th century.

During the reigns of Aethelbald and Offa in the 8th century Mercia was the dominant nation of Britain and was arguably on the way to creating `England'.

During Aethelbald's reign (716-757) the word Aenglisc [English] first appears.

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