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
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.