Merewalh, King of the Magonsætan

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Merewalh, King of the Magonsætan

Death: circa 675
Place of Burial: Derbyshire, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Penda "the Strong", king of Mercia and Cynewise
Husband of A Pagan Wife
Ex-husband of Saint Domne Eafe
Father of Merchelm, king of the Magonsætan; Mildfrith, Sub-King of the Magonsaetan; Saint Mildburga; Saint Mildthryth, Abbess of Minster; Saint Mildgytha and 1 other
Brother of Wulfhere, king of Mercia; Wilburga of Surry; Berthwald; Peada, king of Southern Mercia; Æthelred I, king of Mercia and 4 others

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About Merewalh, King of the Magonsætan

Although he presumably owned his position to his father Penda, he is described as "King" rather than sub-king by Goscelin, who wrote the life of Saint Mildburg. The only other reference to him, the author of the appendix to Florence of Worcester, also calls him King. (HPR Finburg, 'The Early Charters of the Wes Midlands" p. 217).

His daughter Saint Milburga left a will, which survives, referring to one of Penda's other sons as her uncle, so there is no doubt of his paternity.