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Where is Mercia?

The real Mercia was an Anglo-Saxon Kingdom which covered a large area of central England, but that isn’t a precise reflection of the Mercia in the books.

Readers who are familiar with York in the North-East of England will see many similarities with Will’s city, and it was a big inspiration, but Will’s city is not York – that's why Will’s cathedral has a spire rather than the towers of York Minster. Because as well as York, Will’s city is inspired by Durham and Lancaster and Salisbury and many other places besides.

In the same way, the villages and the countryside around the city are inspired by various parts of the British landscape, from the South-West to Cumbria, from remote and magical parts of Wales to the ancient settlements of northern Scotland. But the landscape of Mercia is influenced most of all by the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire where, as with so many places in these islands, the past is always within touching distance.

So where is Mercia? The simple answer is that if you’re anywhere in the British Isles you won’t have to go far to see something of Will’s Mercia - it's all around you.

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