Even when ealdormen, bishops, and thegns met in the witenagemot they could not speak in the name of the nation.
Sharon Turner conjectures that the place in the kings hall means a seat in the witenagemot.
He tried to learn English, maintained the witenagemot, and observed English practices.
Leofric mediated, and it was arranged that the (p. 088) question should be settled at a witenagemot to be held in London.
In the "great meeting" of the witenagemot or Assembly of the Wise lay the rule of the realm.
The witenagemot, as we have already seen, was essentially an aristocratic assembly.
Its bishops had sat side by side with the ealdormen or earls in the shire-moots, and in the witenagemot itself.
The expedient of representation first found its beginning in the Saxon witenagemot.
The missionaries (like the Bishops in a witenagemot) and the chief British officials are usually present.
The manor of Cheddar was a royal demesne in Saxon times, and the witenagemot was held there in 966 and 968.