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“The victorious English tribes by the late sixth century had amalgamated themselves into kingdoms, more or less seven of them, commonly called the Heptarchy.”
“Anglo-Saxon kingdoms during the so-called Heptarchy?”
“The 'Heptarchy' has, of course, no legal standing as such, but from their conversations one understands the influence which its members wield by their intellectual and moral superiority.”
“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.”
“He posits that the Heptarchy may have overplayed their hand and if the leadership vote were held today, Phil Lopes would probably be even stronger than he was when he only beat Linda Lopez by a single vote last month.”
“The distant appearance of this huge building, with these singular accompaniments, is as interesting to the lovers of the picturesque, as the interior of the castle is to the eager antiquary, whose imagination it carries back to the days of the Heptarchy.”
“Mr. King imagines this a Saxon castle of the first ages of the Heptarchy.”
“Upon the battlements were placed gigantic warders, with clubs, battle-axes, and other implements of ancient warfare, designed to represent the soldiers of King Arthur; those primitive Britons, by whom, according to romantic tradition, the Castle had been first tenanted, though history carried back its antiquity only to the times of the Heptarchy.”
“Seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the Heptarchy, emerged after the Teutonic conquest: Essex, Wessex, Sussex (Saxon, as the names suggest); Kent (Jutes); East Anglia, Mercia, Northumbria (Angles).”
“The hegemony in the Heptarchy passed eventually to Edwin of Northumbria (who had also been converted).”
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Ivanhoe is a book by Sir Walter Scott. It was written in 1819, is set in 12th-century England, and is an example of historical fiction.
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