Kingdom of Northumbria (English)Timeline: Nordica
Norþhymbra Rīce (Anglo-Saxon)
OTL equivalent: Northumbria
658 - 87?
Great Heathen Army
Map of Northumbria (in Red)
|Official languages||Anglo-Saxon, Latin|
|-||King||Ecgberht (Last King, 867-87?)|
Northumbria was a large and powerful Anglo-Saxon kingdom in southeastern Scotland and northwestern England. Known for the Invasion of Northumbria, which took place from 870-87? under Ivar the Boneless, Northumbria was the largest of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms until it fell to the Great Heathen Army.
Northumbria was originally a union of two separate Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, Bernicia and Deira. These two nations ended up in a union in 604, as a result of Bernicia conquering Deira. This arrangement did not last forever, however, as the ruling nation went back and forth a number of times until they were finally split into two.
The Kingdom of Northumbria was established in 653, after Dalriata aided Deira to reconquer the area, which had falled under the influence of Gwynedd.
Northumbria, which was extremely influential at its peak, began to loose some steam after Christianity, which was adopted early on in Northumbria, spread throughout England. Mercia broke free of Northumbria in 658, after having been conquered a couple decades earlier.
The arrival of the Great Heathen Army...