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During the Anglo-Saxon period there were many kings Three of the more notablekings were Offa of Mercia Alfred of Wessex and AEthelbert of KentOffa also known as King of the English reigned in Mercia from 757 to 796 Offahad a more powerful kingdom than others such as Lindsey the Hwicce and Sussex Offahad control over all of the kingdoms mentiond even the kingdoms of Kent and EastAnglia King Offa had gotten his position as king after a civil war He was able tosuccsesfuly exstend his kingdom by letting the kings of Northumbria and Wessex marry hisdaughters Because of all this it made Offa one of the most powerful kings in SouthernEngland At the end of Offas reign he had become the most powerful and sucssful king inall of England south of the Humber riverDuring Offas time as king he had done somthing that was very noticable Offa hadbuilt a dyke named after him he called it Offas Dyke This ditch was up to 176 miles longand ran between the kingdoms of Mercian and Welsh The reason this ditch was built isbecause Offa had dealings with an emperor by the name of Charlemagne No one reallyknows what these dealings where about but they must have been very important for him toAnother king and probibly the most well knowen king was king Alfred of Wessexhe was also knowen as King Alfred the Great The fame that Alfred gained was not dueto fact but due to myth The lengends made him almost as populer as King Aurther Alot of the most important things that he had done are not rememberd because of so manylegends Alfred became king due to the fact that he was crowend by his fatherAEthelwulf of Wessex Alfred had become a king in his early some say about as early asWhen Alfred had first become a king the Vikings where trying to take over hiskingdom At this time the Vikings had allready taken over East
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