Person:Oswiu of Northumbria (1)

Oswiu of Northumbria
b.abt 0612
d.15 Feb 0670
Facts and Events
Name Oswiu of Northumbria
Alt Name Oswy
Alt Name Oswig
Gender Male
Birth[1] abt 0612
Death[1] 15 Feb 0670
Reference Number? Q468847?

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Oswiu (c. 612 – 15 February 670), also known as Oswy or Oswig, was a King of Bernicia. His father, Æthelfrith of Bernicia, was killed in battle, fighting against Rædwald, King of the East Angles and Edwin of Deira at the River Idle in 616. Along with his brothers and their supporters, Oswiu was then exiled until Edwin's death in 633.

Following the death of his brother Oswald, defeated by Penda at the Battle of Maserfield on 5 August 642, Oswiu became King of the Bernicians. He passed the next decade in obscurity as one of many kings subject to Penda. In 655 Penda invaded Bernicia, driving Oswiu before him. The details of the campaign are unclear, but at the Battle of the Winwæd Oswiu unexpectedly defeated and killed Penda. This victory was followed by Oswiu's short-lived imperium—he is traditionally counted as a Bretwalda—over much of Great Britain. He established himself as King of Mercia, setting up his son-in-law, Penda's son Peada as a subject king.

Oswiu's unchallenged domination of Britain lasted only a short time, ending when a revolt among the Mercians established Penda's son Wulfhere as their king. A negotiated settlement appears to have been preferred on both sides to prevent war. Divisions within the Northumbrian church led to the Synod of Whitby in 664, where Oswiu agreed to settle the Easter controversy by adopting the Roman dating. His later years were marred by conflict with his son Ealhfrith. Oswiu died in 670 and was succeeded by his son Ecgfrith.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oswiu of Northumbria, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   OSWIU, son of ÆTHELFRITH King of Bernicia & his wife Ucha of Deira ([610/11]-15 Feb 670, bur Whitby Abbey), in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.