Biography of Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670

617 Battle of the River Idle

633 Battle of Hatfield Chase

641 Battle of Maserfield

655 Battle of the Winwaed

685 Battle of Dun Nechtain

Before 590 [his father] Æthelfrith King Northumbrians 572-617 and [his mother] Acha DeiraQueen Consort Bernicia Queen Consort Deira were married. She  by marriage Queen Consort Bernicia.

Around 592 Hussa of Bernicia died. [his father] Æthelfrith King Northumbrians 572-617 (20) succeeded King Bernicia.

Around 604 [his father] Æthelfrith King Northumbrians 572-617 (32) succeeded King Deira. [his mother] Acha DeiraQueen Consort Bernicia Queen Consort Deira by marriage Queen Consort Deira.

Around 612 Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670 was born to [his father] Æthelfrith King Northumbrians 572-617 (40) and [his mother] Acha DeiraQueen Consort Bernicia Queen Consort Deira.

Battle of the River Idle

In 617 Raedwald King East Anglia 570-624 (47) and his son Raegenhere Wuffingas -617 fought the Battle of the River Idle which took place at the River Idle Markham Moor Retford which forms the western border of the Isle of Lindsey.
Raegenhere Wuffingas -617 was killed.
[his father] Æthelfrith King Northumbrians 572-617 (45) was killed. Edwin King Northumbria 586-633 (31) succeeded King Northumbria.

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 600-649. 617. This year was Ethelfrith (45), king of the Northumbrians, slain by Redwald (47), king of the East-Angles; and Edwin (31), the son of Ella, having succeeded to the kingdom, subdued all Britain, except the men of Kent alone, and drove out the Ethelings, the sons of Ethelfrith (45), namely, [his brother] Enfrid (27), [his brother] Oswald (13), Oswy (5), Oslac, Oswood, Oslaf, and Offa.

Before 630 Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670 (18) and Rhiainfellt Rheged Queen Consort Bernicia were married.

Around 630 [his son] Ealhfrith King Deira 630-664 was born to Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670 (18) and Rhiainfellt Rheged Queen Consort Bernicia.

Battle of Hatfield Chase

On 12 Oct 633 King Penda's alliance of Gwynedd and Mercia defeated the Northumbrians at the Battle of Hatfield Chase.
Eadfrith Deira -633 was captured.
Edwin King Northumbria 586-633 (47) was killed. His half first cousin Osric King Deira -634 succeeded King Deira. His nephew [his brother] Eanfrith King Bernicia 590-634 (43) succeeded King Bernicia.
Edwin's son Osfrith Deira -633 was killed.

After 12 Oct 633Eadfrith Deira -633 was killed. His half first cousin [his brother] Eanfrith King Bernicia 590-634 succeeded King Bernicia.

In 634 [his brother] Oswald King Northumbria 604-641 (30) succeeded King Northumbria. Kyneburga Unknown Queen Northumbria by marriage King Northumbria.

In 634 [his brother] Eanfrith King Bernicia 590-634 (44) was killed.

Battle of Maserfield

On 05 Aug 641 (or 642 or 644 depending on the source) Penda King Mercia -655 Mercian and Welsh army defeated the Northumbrian army at the Battle of Maserfield. The battle is believed to have taken place at Oswestry. Northumbria was once again separated into two kingdoms.
[his brother] Oswald King Northumbria 604-641 (37) was killed. His body was subsequently dismembered with his head and arms mounted on poles. His brother Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670 (29) succeeded King Bernicia. Rhiainfellt Rheged Queen Consort Bernicia by marriage Queen Consort Bernicia.
Osric King Deira -634 was killed. His son Oswine King Deira -651 succeeded King Deira.
Eowa King Mercia -642 was killed (probably).

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 600-649. 642. This year [his brother] Oswald, king of the Northumbrians, was slain by Penda, king of the Southumbrians, at Mirfield, on the fifth day of August; and his body was buried at Bardney. His holiness and miracles were afterwards displayed on manifold occasions throughout this island; and his hands remain still uncorrupted at Barnburgh. The same year in which Oswald was slain, Oswy (30) his brother succeeded to the government of the Northumbrians, and reigned two less than thirty years.

Around 645 [his son] Ecgfrith King Northumbria 645-685 was born to Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670 (33) and [his wife] Eanfled Deira Queen Consort Bernicia 626-685 (18).

Around 645 Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670 (33) and Eanfled Deira Queen Consort Bernicia 626-685 (18) were married (he was her half first cousin). She (18) by marriage Queen Consort Bernicia.

In 653 [his nephew] Taloran King Picts 615-657 (37) succeeded King Picts.

Battle of the Winwaed

Anglo Saxon Chronicle 650 699. 655. This year Penda was slain at Wingfield, and thirty royal personages with him, some of whom were kings. One of them was Ethelhere, brother of Anna, king of the East-Angles. The Mercians after this became Christians. From the beginning of the world had now elapsed five thousand eight hundred and fifty winters, when Peada, the son of Penda, assumed the government of the Mercians. In his time came together himself and Oswy (43), brother of [his brother] King Oswald, and said, that they would rear a minster to the glory of Christ, and the honour of St. Peter. And they did so, and gave it the name of Medhamsted; because there is a well there, called Meadswell. And they began the groundwall, and wrought thereon; after which they committed the work to a monk, whose name was Saxulf. He was very much the friend of God, and him also loved all people. He was nobly born in the world, and rich: he is now much richer with Christ. But King Peada reigned no while; for he was betrayed by his own queen, in Easter-tide. This year Ithamar, Bishop of Rochester, consecrated Deus-dedit to Canterbury, on the twenty-sixth day of March.

In 655 Ealhfrith King Deira 630-664 (25) succeeded King Deira.

After 655 [his son] Ecgfrith King Northumbria 645-685 and Æthelthryth Wuffingas Queen Consort Deira Queen Consort Northumbria 636-679 were married.

Battle of the Winwaed

On 15 Nov 655 Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670 (43) defeated the Mercian army (probably) at Cock Beck during the Battle of the Winwaed ending the period of Mercian dominance. The battle is believed to have ended Anglo-Saxon paganism.
On 15 Nov 655 [his nephew] Æthelwald King Deira 642-, an ally of Penda King Mercia -655, withdrew his forces, one of many Mercian allies to do so, weakening King Penda's army.
Penda King Mercia -655 and Æthelhere King East Anglia -655 were killed. Penda's son Paeda King South Mercia -656 succeeded King South Mercia.
Æthelwold King East Anglia -664 succeeded King East Anglia after the death of his father at the Battle of the Winwaed.

Anglo Saxon Chronicle 650 699. 656. This year was Peada slain; and Wulfhere (16), son of Penda, succeeded to the kingdom of the Mercians. In his time waxed the abbey of Medhamsted very rich, which his brother had begun. The king (16) loved it much, for the love of his brother Peada, and for the love of his wed-brother Oswy (44), and for the love of Saxulf the abbot. He said, therefore, that he would dignify and honour it by the counsel of his brothers, Ethelred and Merwal; and by the counsel of his sisters, Kyneburga and Kyneswitha; and by the counsel of the archbishop, who was called Deus-dedit; and by the counsel of all his peers, learned and lewd, that in his kingdom were. And he so did. Then sent the king after the abbot, that he should immediately come to him. And he so did. Then said the king to the abbot: "Beloved Saxulf, I have sent after thee for the good of my soul; and I will plainly tell thee for why. My brother Peada and my beloved friend Oswy (44) began a minster, for the love of Christ and St. Peter: but my brother, as Christ willed, is departed from this life; I will therefore intreat thee, beloved friend, that they earnestly proceed on their work; and I will find thee thereto gold and silver, land and possessions, and all that thereto behoveth." Then went the abbot home, and began to work. So he sped, as Christ permitted him; so that in a few years was that minster ready. Then, when the king (16) heard say that, he was very glad; and bade men send through all the nation, after all his thanes; after the archbishop, and after bishops: and after his earls; and after all those that loved God; that they should come to him. And he fixed the day when men should hallow the minster. And when they were hallowing the minster, there was the king, Wulfere (16), and his brother Ethelred, and his sisters, Kyneburga and Kyneswitha. And the minster was hallowed by Archbishop Deusdedit of Canterbury; and the Bishop of Rochester, Ithamar; and the Bishop of London, who was called Wina; and the Bishop of the Mercians, whose name was Jeruman; and Bishop Tuda. And there was Wilfrid, priest, that after was bishop; and there were all his thanes that were in his kingdom. When the minster was hallowed, in the name of St. Peter, and St. Paul, and St. Andrew, then stood up the king before all his thanes, and said with a loud voice: "Thanks be to the high almighty God for this worship that here is done; and I will this day glorify Christ and St. Peter, and I will that you all confirm my words.—I Wulfere give to-day to St. Peter, and the Abbot Saxulf, and the monks of the minster, these lands, and these waters, and meres, and fens, and weirs, and all the lands that thereabout lye, that are of my kingdom, freely, so that no man have there any ingress, but the abbot and the monks. This is the gift. From Medhamsted to Northborough; and so to the place that is called Foleys; and so all the fen, right to Ashdike; and from Ashdike to the place called Fethermouth; and so in a right line ten miles long to Ugdike; and so to Ragwell; and from Ragwell five miles to the main river that goeth to Elm and to Wisbeach; and so about three miles to Trokenholt; and from Trokenholt right through all the fen to Derworth; that is twenty miles long; and so to Great Cross; and from Great Cross through a clear water called Bradney; and thence six miles to Paxlade; and so forth through all the meres and fens that lye toward Huntingdon-port; and the meres and lakes Shelfermere and Wittlesey mere, and all the others that thereabout lye; with land and with houses that are on the east side of Shelfermere; thence all the fens to Medhamsted; from Medhamsted all to Welmsford; from Welmsford to Clive; thence to Easton; from Easton to Stamford; from Stamford as the water runneth to the aforesaid Northborough." — These are the lands and the fens that the king gave unto St. Peter's minster.—Then quoth the king: "It is little—this gift— but I will that they hold it so royally and so freely, that there be taken there from neither gild nor gable, but for the monks alone. Thus I will free this minster; that it be not subject except to Rome alone; and hither I will that we seek St. Peter, all that to Rome cannot go." During these words the abbot desired that he would gant him his request. And the king granted it. "I have here (said he) some good monks that would lead their life in retirement, if they wist where. Now here is an island, that is called Ankerig; and I will request, that we may there build a minster to the honour of St. Mary; that they may dwell there who will lead their lives in peace and tranquillity." Then answered the king, and quoth thus: "Beloved Saxulf, not that only which thou desirest, but all things that I know thou desirest in our Lord's behalf, so I approve, and grant. And I bid thee, brother Ethelred, and my sisters, Kyneburga and Kyneswitha, for the release of your souls, that you be witnesses, and that you subscribe it with your fingers. And I pray all that come after me, be they my sons, be they my brethren, or kings that come after me, that our gift may stand; as they would be partakers of the life everlasting, and as they would avoid everlasting punishment. Whoso lesseneth our gift, or the gift of other good men, may the heavenly porter lessen him in the kingdom of heaven; and whoso advanceth it, may the heavenly porter advance him in the kingdom of heaven." These are the witnesses that were there, and that subscribed it with their fingers on the cross of Christ, and confirmed it with their tongues. That was, first the king, Wulfere, who confirmed it first with his word, and afterwards wrote with his finger on the cross of Christ, saying thus: "I Wulfere, king, in the presence of kings, and of earls, and of captains, and of thanes, the witnesses of my gift, before the Archbishop Deus-dedit, I confirm it with the cross of Christ." (+)—"And I Oswy, king of the Northumbrians, the friend of this minster, and o[oe] the Abbot Saxulf, commend it with the cross of Christ." (+)—"And I Sighere, king, ratify it with the cross of Christ." (+)—"And I Sibbi, king, subscribe it with the cross of Christ." (+)—"And I Ethelred, the king's brother, granted the same with the cross of Christ." (+)—"And we, the king's sisters, Kyneburga and Kyneswitha, approve it."—"And I Archbishop of Canterbury, Deus-dedit, ratify it."—Then confirmed it all the others that were there with the cross of Christ (+): namely, Ithamar, Bishop of Rochester; Wina, Bishop of London; Jeruman, Bishop of the Mercians; and Tuda, bishop; and Wilfrid, priest, who was afterwards bishop; and Eoppa, priest, whom the king, Wulfere, sent to preach christianity in the Isle of Wight; and Saxulf, abbot; and Immine, alderman, and Edbert, alderman, and Herefrith, alderman, and Wilbert, alderman, and Abo, alderman; Ethelbald, Brord, Wilbert, Elmund, Frethegis. These, and many others that were there, the king's most loyal subjects, confirmed it all. This charter was written after our Lord's Nativity 664—the seventh year of King Wulfere—the ninth year of Archbishop Deus-dedir. Then they laid God's curse, and the curse of all saints, and all christian folks, on whosoever undid anything that there was done. "So be it," saith all. "Amen."—When this thing was done, then sent the king to Rome to the Pope Vitalianus that then was, and desired, that he would ratify with his writ and with his blessing, all this aforesaid thing. And the pope then sent his writ, thus saying: "I Vitalianus, pope, grant thee, King Wulfere, and Deus-dedit, archbishop, and Abbot Saxulf, all the things that you desire. And I forbid, that any king, or any man, have any ingress, but the abbot alone; nor shall he be Subject to any man, except the Pope of Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury. If any one breaketh anything of this, St. Peter with his sword destroy him. Whosoever holdeth it, St. Peter with heaven's key undo him the kingdom of heaven."—Thus was the minster of Medhamsted begun, that was afterwards called Peter-borough. Afterwards came another archbishop to Canterbury, who was called Theodorus (54); a very good man and wise; and held his synod with his bishops and with his clerk. There was Wilfrid, bishop of the Mercians, deprived of his bishopric; and Saxulf, abbot, was there chosen bishop; and Cuthbald, monk of the same minster, was chosen abbot. This synod was holden after our Lord's Nativity six hundred and seventy-three winters.

In 657 [his nephew] Taloran King Picts 615-657 (41) died.

Around 664 [his son] Ealhfrith King Deira 630-664 (34) died. His brother Ecgfrith King Northumbria 645-685 (19) succeeded King Deira. Æthelthryth Wuffingas Queen Consort Deira Queen Consort Northumbria 636-679 (28) by marriage Queen Consort Deira.

Anglo Saxon Chronicle 650 699. 667. This year Oswy (55) and Egbert sent Wighard, a priest, to Rome, that he might be consecrated there Archbishop of Canterbury; but he died as soon as he came thither.

Anglo Saxon Chronicle 650 699. 670. This year died Oswy (58), King of Northumberland, on the fifteenth day before the calends of March; and [his son] Egferth (25) his son reigned after him. Lothere, the nephew of Bishop Egelbert (45), succeeded to the bishopric over the land of the West-Saxons, and held it seven years. He was consecrated by Archbishop Theodore (68). Oswy (58) was the son of Ethelfrith, Ethelfrith of Ethelric, Ethelric of Ida, Ida of Eoppa.

In 670 Ecgfrith King Northumbria 645-685 (25) succeeded King Northumbria. Æthelthryth Wuffingas Queen Consort Deira Queen Consort Northumbria 636-679 (34) by marriage Queen Consort Northumbria.

On 15 Feb 670 Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670 (58) died.

Battle of Dun Nechtain

Anglo Saxon Chronicle 650 699. 685. This year [his son] King Everth (40) commanded Cuthbert (51) to be consecrated a bishop; and Archbishop Theodore (83), on the first day of Easter, consecrated him at York Bishop of Hexham; for Trumbert had been deprived of that see. The same year Everth (40) was slain by the north sea, and a large army with him, on the thirteenth day before the calends of June. He continued king fifteen winters; and his brother [his son] Elfrith succeeded him in the government. Everth (40) was the son of Oswy. Oswy of Ethelferth, Ethelferth of Ethelric, Ethelric of Ida, Ida of Eoppa. About this time Ceadwall (26) began to struggle for a kingdom. Ceadwall (26) was the son of Kenbert, Kenbert of Chad, Chad of Cutha, Cutha of Ceawlin, Ceawlin of Cynric, Cynric of Cerdic. Mull, who was afterwards consigned to the flames in Kent, was the brother of Ceadwall (26). The same year died Lothhere, King of Kent; and John was consecrated Bishop of Hexham, where he remained till Wilferth was restored, when John was translated to York on the death of Bishop Bosa. Wilferth his priest was afterwards consecrated Bishop of York, and John retired to his monastery in the woods of Delta. This year there was in Britain a bloody rain, and milk and butter were turned to blood.

After 685 [his former wife] Eanfled Deira Queen Consort Bernicia 626-685 died.

Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670 and Fín Cenél Neógain Queen Consort Bernicia were married. She  by marriage Queen Consort Bernicia.

[his daughter] EalhflAed Bernicia was born to Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670.

Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670 and Princess Fín.

[his daughter] AelfflAed Bernicia Abbess Wherwell was born to Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670.

[his son] Aldfrith King Northumbria -704 was born to Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670 and Princess Fín.

[his son] Aelfwine King Deira -679 was born to Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670.

[his daughter] Osthryth Bernicia Queen Consort Mercia -697 was born to Oswiu King Bernicia 612-670 and Eanfled Deira Queen Consort Bernicia 626-685.

Aelfwine King Deira -679 succeeded King Deira.

Æthelred King Mercia -704 and [his daughter] Osthryth Bernicia Queen Consort Mercia -697 were married.

[his brother] Oswald King Northumbria 604-641 and Kyneburga Unknown Queen Northumbria were married.