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heptarchy


heptarchy


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Heptarchy  \Hep"tarch*y\,  n.  [Hepta-  +  -archy:  cf  F. 
  heptarchie.] 
  A  government  by  seven  persons;  also  a  country  under  seven 
  rulers. 
 
  Note:  The  word  is  most  commonly  applied  to  England,  when  it 
  was  divided  into  seven  kingdoms;  as  the  Saxon 
  heptachy,  which  consisted  of  Kent,  the  South  Saxons 
  (Sussex),  West  Saxons  (Wessex),  East  Saxons  (Essex), 
  the  East  Angles,  Mercia,  and  Northumberland.