died 655 ad, king of Mercia (?634–55)
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How to use Penda in a sentence
Nennius says Penda slew Oswald at the "battle of Cocboy," and that "he gained the victory by diabolical agency."
A similar interpretation will equally apply to Winwidfield, near Leeds, the scene of Penda's subsequent defeat and death.
Penda remained its rallying point; and the long reign of the Mercian king was in fact one continuous battle with the Cross.
But so far as we can judge from his acts, Penda seemed to have looked on the strife of religion in a purely political light.
This cathedral arose out of the ruins of an abbey founded in the seventh century by Penda, the first Christian king of Mercia.Curiosities of Christian History | Croake James