noun, plural hep·tar·chies.
Examples from the Web for heptarchy
Even within the short memorials of modern history we find a heptarchy in England.The Columbiad|Joel Barlow
Mr. O'Mahony had but a confused idea of what the Heptarchy had been.The Landleaguers|Anthony Trollope
But, as in the Saxon times this country was an heptarchy, it is now a strange sort of pentarchy.
Milton likens the contests of the Heptarchy to "the wars of kites or crows flocking and fighting in the air."Charles Sumner; his complete works; Volume 2 (of 20)|Charles Sumner
The Danish invaders expected to set kingdom against kingdom throughout the Heptarchy, and subject them all to the sceptre of Odin.Legends of the Saxon Saints|Aubrey de Vere
British Dictionary definitions for heptarchy
noun plural -chies
- the seven kingdoms into which Anglo-Saxon England is thought to have been divided from about the 7th to the 9th centuries ad : Kent, East Anglia, Essex, Sussex, Wessex, Mercia, and Northumbria
- the period when this grouping existed