655 in history

655 events chronologically

Nov 15 Battle of the Winwaed: Penda of Mercia is defeated by Oswiu of Northumbria

Died in 655

Sep 16 Pope Martin I reigned from 21 July 649 to his death in 655. He was born near Todi, Umbria, in the place now named after him. He succeeded Pope Theodore I on 5 July 649. He was the only pope during the Byzantine Papacy whose election was not approved by a iussio from Constantinople. Martin I was abducted by Emperor Constans II and died at Cherson. He is considered a saint and martyr by the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church
Nov 15 Penda of Mercia today the English Midlands. A pagan at a time when Christianity was taking hold in many of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, Penda took over the Severn Valley in 628 following the Battle of Cirencester before participating in the defeat of the powerful Northumbrian king Edwin at the Battle of Hatfield Chase in 633
Nov 15 Æthelhere of East Anglia King of East Anglia from 653 or 654 until his death. Æthelhere was a member of the ruling Wuffingas dynasty and was one of three sons of Eni to rule East Anglia as Christian kings. He was a nephew of Rædwald, who was the first of the Wuffingas of which more than a name is known