- (often initial capital letter) the seven principal concurrent Anglo-Saxon kingdoms supposed to have existed in the 7th and 8th centuries.
- government by seven persons.
- an allied group of seven states or kingdoms, each under its own ruler.
Origin of heptarchy
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Examples from the Web for heptarchy
No English gentleman has spit upon the floor since the Heptarchy.The Jest Book
The men of the Heptarchy were in the main bred upon English soil.The Quest for a Lost Race
Thomas E. Pickett
In the time of the Heptarchy, it was an important stronghold.Country Rambles, and Manchester Walks and Wild Flowers
Leo H. Grindon
It was never reckoned as a separate member of the heptarchy.The Story of London
Henry B. Wheatley
Bede was a Northumbrian priest in the time of the Heptarchy.King Arthur in Cornwall
W. Howship (William Howship) Dickinson
- government by seven rulers
- a state divided into seven regions each under its own ruler
- 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
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