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A sixth-century AD Anglian kingdom in present-day northeast England between the Humber and Tees Rivers. It was later part of the kingdom of Northumbria.
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The first king of
of whom we know was Ella, or Aelle, who, according to Bede, was still reigning when Augustine arrived in 597.
ZEthelfrith eventually acquired possession of
, probably in 604 or 605, perhaps on Ella's death, expelling his son Edwin (q.v.).
At his death in 633 the kingdom was again divided,
falling to his nephew Osric, while Bernicia was occupied by Eanfrith son of ZEthelfrith.
After Oswald's defeat and death at the hands of Penda in 642 Bernicia fell to his brother Oswio, while Oswine son of Osric became king in
, though probably subject to Oswio.
Oswine's death was compassed by Oswio in 651, and the throne of
was then obtained by 1-Ethelwald son of Oswald.
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