The Mercians, however, recovered their independence in 658, and from this time onward Northumbria played little part in the history of southern England.
Ecgfrith (q.v.), who succeeded on Oswio's death in 671, expelled the Mercians from Lindsey early in his reign, but was in turn defeated by them in 679, his brother 2Elfwine being slain.
AETHELFLAED (Ethelfleda), the "Lady of the Mercians," the eldest child of Alfred the Great, was educated with her brother Edward at her father's court.
Then the Mercians made peace with them.
In 91 2 1Ethelred, the alderman of the Mercians, who had been placed in authority by Alfred, died, and Edward the Elder took possession of London and Oxford, " and all the lands which thereto belonged."
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