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This article is about the year 796. For the number, see 796 (number).
Millennium: 1st millennium
Centuries: 7th century8th century9th century
Decades: 760s  770s  780s  – 790s –  800s  810s  820s
Years: 793 794 795796797 798 799
796 by topic
State leadersSovereign states
Birth and death categories
Establishment and disestablishment categories
796 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 796
Ab urbe condita 1549
Armenian calendar 245
Assyrian calendar 5546
Bengali calendar 203
Berber calendar 1746
Buddhist calendar 1340
Burmese calendar 158
Byzantine calendar 6304–6305
Chinese calendar 乙亥(Wood Pig)
3492 or 3432
    — to —
丙子年 (Fire Rat)
3493 or 3433
Coptic calendar 512–513
Discordian calendar 1962
Ethiopian calendar 788–789
Hebrew calendar 4556–4557
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 852–853
 - Shaka Samvat 718–719
 - Kali Yuga 3897–3898
Holocene calendar 10796
Iranian calendar 174–175
Islamic calendar 179–180
Japanese calendar Enryaku 15
Julian calendar 796
Korean calendar 3129
Minguo calendar 1116 before ROC
Seleucid era 1107/1108 AG
Thai solar calendar 1338–1339
A coin depicting Offa of Mercia (757–796)

Year 796 (DCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. The denomination 796 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.


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  • April 18 – King Æthelred I of Northumbria is murdered, probably at Corbridge, by his ealdormen, Ealdred and Wada. Another rival, Torhtmund slays Ealdred in revenge. Northumbria is plunged into confusion. The patrician Osbald is placed on the throne, but is deserted by his supporters after only 27 days. He flees from Lindisfarne to Pictland. Another faction, brings back Æthelred I's old back-from-the-dead rival, Eardwulf, as new king. He dismisses his wife and publicly take a concubine. Eardwulf is alienated from archbishop Eanbald of York.
  • King Offa of Mercia and Charlemagne seal a trading agreement and a marriage alliance is proposed. However, Offa dies after a 39-year reign that has incorporated Kent, Essex, Sussex, and East Anglia into Mercian realm. He has build a 150-mile dyke (Offa's Dyke) to mark his border with Wales, reforms Mercia's coinage, and 4 years ago allied himself with Northumbria by giving his daughter Ælfflæd in marriage to Æthelred I. Offa is buried at Bedford and succeeded for a short time by his son Ecgfrith, and then a distant cousin, Coenwulf.
  • Prince Eadberht Præn leaves the Church, returns to Kent and claims his throne. One Eadwald proclaims himself king of East Anglia, but is later ousted by Coenwulf. Direct rule from Mercia is re-established.

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  2. ^ John V.A. Fine, Jr. (1991). The Early Medieval Balkans; Collapse of the Avars, p. 78. ISBN 978-0-472-08149-3