Wulfhere (died 675) was King of Mercia from the end of the 650s until
675. He was the first Christian king of all of Mercia, though it is not
known when or how he was converted. His accession marked the end of
Oswiu of Northumbria's overlordship of southern England, and Wulfhere
extended his influence over much of that region. His campaigns against
the West Saxons led to Mercian supremacy over much of the Thames
valley. He conquered the Isle of Wight and the Meon valley and gave
them to King Æthelwealh of the South Saxons. He married Eormenhild, the
daughter of King Eorcenberht of Kent. He was effectively the overlord
of Britain south of the Humber from the early 660s, although not
overlord of Northumbria as his father had been. In 674, he challenged
Oswiu's son Ecgfrith of Northumbria, but was defeated. He died,
probably of disease, in 675.
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