One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for witenagemot
- ‘Succession to the throne was not guaranteed as the witan, or council of leaders, had the right to choose the best successor from the members of the royal house.’
- ‘In a general sense, Parliament may be traced back to the Saxon witan and the Norman Council, each of which included the chief men of the realm, lay and clerical.’
- ‘Administrative institutions such as kin, hundred, borough, and witan figure prominently, as do feast, fast day, religiosity, and language.’
Representing the Old English plural of wita ‘wise man’.
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