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.’
- ‘Administrative institutions such as kin, hundred, borough, and witan figure prominently, as do feast, fast day, religiosity, and language.’
- ‘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.’
Representing the Old English plural of wita ‘wise man’.
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