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HEPTARCHY, Eng. law. The name of the kingdom or government established by the Saxons, on their establishment in Britain so called because it was composed of seven kingdoms, namely, Kent, Essex, Sussex, Wessex, East Anglia, Mercia, and Northumberland.

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156) Historian Richard Kemble wrote that from the early days of the heptarchy and throughout the Anglo-Saxon period, the sheriff was "leader of the constitutional force, the posse comitatus or levee en masse of the free men.
From the many small and scattered social units of very early England, there gradually arose over the centuries the seven kingdoms of the Heptarchy.
It even led to the investigation and publication of The New Heptarchy Series of Fabian tracts (1905-1906), which considered the application of administration to specific municipal services.
the original heptarchy of the Anglo-Saxon peoples had devolved into three dominant kingdoms.
The volume's scope and presentation testify to the effective cooperation of its editorial heptarchy of Carolyn Hares-Stryker, Lorraine Janzen-Kooistra, Allan Life, Julian Moore, Andrew Stauffer, David W.
But Christianity was not introduced till the seventh century; the conversion of the first Christian king of the Heptarchy having taken place about the year 598, and that of the last about 686.