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Editor says, what if the Christian Kings of Britain had been defeated by the forces of Paganism? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Religion thread. Alternate Historian and 1 other(s) like this article.
In 655,in an early engagement that firmly established Anglo-Saxon paganism in Britain, the forces of King Penda of Mercia triumphed at the Cock Beck in present-day Yorkshire.
Glorious Mercian Victory at the Battle of WinwaedFresh from his successful campaign in Northumbria, he had gathered allies from East Anglia and Wales marching south with a large force led by "thirty warlords". Their opponent was Oswiu of Bernicia, the brother of Oswald of Northumbria who had fallen to defeat at the hands of the Mercians in the early battle of Maserfield.
The battle was fought by the river in the midst of heavy rains, and many more were drowned in the flight than destroyed by the sword. The result consolidated Mercian ascendancy over the Northumbria.
Editor says, in authoring this post we have repurposed content from Wikipedia. In reality Penda's head was cut of and the Mercians defeated, suffering the same fate he had inflicted on others during his aggressive reign. Penda had continued in his traditional paganism despite the widespread conversions of Anglo-Saxon monarchs to Christianity, and a number of Christian kings had suffered death in defeat against him . Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.