Offa of Mercia
|King of Mercia|
|Depiction of Offa in a thirteenth-century manuscript|
|Reign||757 – July 796|
Offa was the King of Mercia from 757 until his death in July 796. Many historians regard Offa as the most powerful Anglo-Saxon king before Alfred the Great. Offa died in 796 and was succeeded by his son, Ecgfrith, who reigned for less than five months before Coenwulf of Mercia became king.