Book 2, Chapter 3, 827 AD to 857 AD – The Witenagemot
Reference has been made, incidentally, to the Witenagemot, and it is necessary to explain the nature and origin of that assembly, so far as the latter is known. The literal meaning of the word is, “the meeting of the witan,” or “the knowing.” It may be presumed to have grown out of the exigencies of the several bands of Saxons in their predatory excursions, the chief, or king, seeking the counsel of the wise and experienced in his company, which at length became a custom and then a right, and was exercised in a more formal manner when these roving bands had settled down into something of organization and nationality. In the time of the Heptarchy each state had its Witenagemot, and during the predominance of any one state, the plan was rigidly maintained.
Chapter 3, Egbert
Chapter 3, The Clergy and The Monasteries
Chapter 3, The Witenagemot
Origin and Powers of the Witenagemot
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