heptarchy

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Heptarchy \Hep"tarch*y\, noun [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.


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