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Mierce (ēac hāteþ Myrce and Merce) ƿǣron cynerīce on Englum, ān þāra seofona þæs tīman. Hīe ƿǣron be Trentan ēa on middelum Englum. Be Mercum wǣron Norþhymbre, Puwis þæt rīce, Sūþwēala rīcu, Westseaxe, Sūþseaxe, Ēastseaxe, and Ēastenglas.

Heora forma cyning ƿæs Icel, and heora æftermest ƿæs Ælfƿynn Cƿēne, ac on þǣm 918. gēare ƿæs þæt rīce gefangen fram Ēadƿearde Ƿestseaxa, þe hæftode Ælfƿynne. Æfter þǣm ƿǣron hīe synderlīce tƿegra mǣla selfƿealdende: āne fram þǣm 955. gēare þǣr ƿearþ Ēadgār Merca cyning, and eft þæs 1016. gēares, þǣr fēng Cnut tō rīce.

Mierce ƿæs ān hǣðenisc cynerīce oþ þæt læt 7 gēarhundrede. Se cyrrednesse Miercna fram hǣðenscipe ƿæs fram Norþhymbriscum munucum ʒedon, þe ādrugon þæt ƿilisce/Celtisce ʒelēafincel. Penda Miercna Cyning ƿæs hǣðenisc oþ þone ende, būtan on his dēaþtīman ƿære Mierce fram ōþrum crīstnum rīcium behringed.

Se hālig Ceadda ƿære ān Norþhymbrisc uncūðanforelærend, hē ƿæs tō macian þā Mierciscum crīsten besended. Hē ƿæs se fīfta bisceop Miercna bēon ʒeforecosen. Hē ƿæs fram Theodore of Tarsus Arcebisceop āfaren fram his bisceopþēnunge innan Norþhymbre. In 669, seah Wulfhere Miercna Cyning, bearn Pendas Miercna Cynings, þone his cynerīce hæfde nā bisceopas, swā hē āscode Theodore ān bisceop besendan. and Ceadda ƿæs fram him besended. Wulfhere ʒeaf him þæt bisceopland, on þǣm hē bylde ān mynster in Licitfeldan (Lichfield). Þā fōrewarde bisceopas hatteþ þā bisceopas þāra Middilængla and/ oþþe Mierciscra and for Ceaddan eallswā Lindesegefolces: bisceoprīceu ƿǣron for þǣm folce þāra landa, ʒelic þǣm Celtisce ʒelēafincel. Ceadda macode, nā tēorende, hira innan Crīstenmenn, and se hālig Bede hæfþ ymbe him gōdʒewrit, þæt hē ʒelærde Mierciscum Crīstendom.

Þā suna Pendas ʒēafon micel helpe and feoh crīstnum uncūðanforelærendum. Wulfhere gifede feoh for his cynmynster in Medeshamstede (Peterborough). Eallswā īecte hē þone lande, þone hē hæfde Ceaddan ʒeʒefan, þruh ʒiefende mynsterland in Barwæ (soþþyncanlic Barrow upon Humber). Merewalh, undercyning Magonsætes, ān healfbroþer oþþe broþer Wulfheres , ongan ān abbodessecynn; īecte ān mynster in Lenemynstere (Leominster) and soþþyncanlic eallswā þæt in Micele Wenlocan (Much Wenlock), þone his dohtor, Mildburh, belǣdde.

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