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Staffordshire is a county located in the West Midlands region of England.

Staffordshire | 0 to the 9th century

Roman Period | 1st – 5th centuries
Staffordshire, situated in the Roman province of Britannia, was part of the Roman Empire during this time. The Romans established various settlements, roads, and fortifications in the region. Notable Roman sites include Letocetum (Wall, near Lichfield), an important Roman settlement and military site on Watling Street.

Anglo-Saxon Settlement | 5th – 9th centuries
With the decline of Roman influences and the withdrawal of Roman legions in the early fifth century, Anglo-Saxon tribes migrated to and settled in various parts of England, including what is now Staffordshire. The area became part of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia, which was one of the most powerful kingdoms in England during the early medieval period.

Mercian Hegemony | 7th – 9th centuries
Staffordshire was within the heartland of Mercia, and the kingdom’s influence extended across much of the Midlands. The Mercians, with their capital at Tamworth, played a crucial role in the political landscape of Anglo-Saxon England. Tamworth was a significant center of power, and the ruling Merican kings had an impact on the development of the region.

During the seventh century, Christianity began to spread in the region. The establishment of monasteries and churches played a vital role in the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity. Lichfield became an important ecclesiastical center, and the construction of Lichfield Cathedral began in the seventh century.

Viking Raids | 8th – 9th centuries
The Viking raids, which affected much of England, also impacted Staffordshire. The Vikings targeted monasteries and settlements along rivers. The region witnessed the broader historical shifts and conflicts of the Viking Age.

See also
Cameliard | The Legend of King Arthur
Green Chapel | The Legend of King Arthur
Hautdesert | The Legend of King Arthur
Straight Marches | The Legend of King Arthur